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PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



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VOLUME IX. 



COMPILED AND EDITED EY 



NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D., 

Corresponding Secretary of the Neil) Hampshire Historical Society. 



CONCORD, N. H.: 

CHARLES C. PEARSON, STATE PRINTER. 

1875. 



1686603 

N O T I C E . 



JoiNir Resolution, passed by the Legislature of New Hampshire. 

Resolved by the Senate and. House of Representatives ., in General 
Court convened. That His Excellency the Governor be hereby author- 
ized and empowered, with the advice and consent of the Council, to 
employ some suitable person, and fix his compensation, to be paid out 
of any money in the treasury net otherwise appropriated, to collect, 
arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such portions 
of the early State and Provincial Records, and other State Pa- 
pers of New Hampshire, as the Governor may deem proper; and 
that eight hundred copies of each volume of the same be printed 
by the State Printer and distributed as follows: namely, one copy 
to each City and Town in the State, one copy to such of the Pub- 
lic Libraries of this State as the Governor may designate, two 
hundred copies to the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the re- 
mainder placed in the custody of the State Librarian, who is hereby 
authorized to exchange the same for similar publications issued by other 
States. 

Approved July 6, 1866. 



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EDITOR'S PREFACE. 



The special value of this volume consists in the information 
which it contains and communicates, relating to Towns in 
New Hampshire. It will be found indispensable in every 
Town History. We ai;c little aware, at this period, cf the sac- 
rifices, trials, dangers and absolute sufferings which many of 
the early settlers endured in planting Towns in the interior of 
the State: where, literallv. thev often suffered '-from savasre 
beasts and more savage men." The border Towns were, for 
years, open to the incursions of Indians from Canada. Their 
earnest petitions to the Governor or to the General Assembly 
for help, clearly reveal to us their dangers and distresses. Be- 
sides f b's source of trial, others arose from disputes about 
boundary lines, the location of meeting-houses, the settling of 
ministers, irregularities in town meetings. &c. The volume 
is of great value, as giving the names of many, and in some 
cases, all the male inhabitants of the Towns, from which pe- 
titions were sent. These will enable descendants to trace 
their connexion with the early settlers. 

The volume, also, has an important value, in that, in the 
Appendix, it gives in full, all known facts relating to the 
Constitutional Conventions in 177S-17S3, which resulted in 
the establishment of the first Constitution after the Revolution, 
17S4. The Editor is not aware that the facts herein have 
ever before been published, in connexion. He asks attention 
to the Note subjoined to the first and second articles oi the 
Bill of Rights, on pages S96-89S. 

In examining these "Town Papers," readers will often do 
well to refer to the Provincial and State Papers in preceding- 
volumes, of corresponding date, from which, in some cases., 
additional information will be obtained. 



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GENERAL CONTENTS. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 

The contents of the several MS. Volumes from which the following 
printed pages are transcribed, are noted and kept distinct herein as in 
the original. Thus : 

VOLUME I. 

ACWORTH TO CHICHESTER, pp. 1--12'J. 



ACWORTH. 

Pages. 

Memorial of Sampson Stoddard and Jona. Blanchard 1-2 
Petition of Jona. Blanchard for extension of the charter 

of Acworth. 1772 2 

Gov. Wentworth's warrant to inspect the settlement in 

Acworth, May, 1772 "3 

List of families and settlers in Acworth, according to 

report of inspectors . . . ... . 4 



ALSTEAD. 

A true list of the inhabitants settled in Alstead, 1771 — 

names ......... 5 

Petition in relation to an extension of the charter . 5-6 



AMHERST. 

Request of the inhabitants of Souhegan West for a 
guard to defend them from the French and Indians, 
*744 • 



o 



VI GENERAL CONTENTS. 

Pages. 

Memorial of Rev. Daniel Wilkins for like aid, 1744 . 7 

Petition for protection against the Indians, 1747 — sign- 
ers' names (1) . . , . . , § 

Petition for aid from inhabitants of Monson (after- 
wards incorporated, in part, with Amherst) — 
names, 1747 . o. 

Petition of Monson for annexation of a tract of land to 

them — names, 1754 ...... 10 

Petition of Monson to be exempt from taxes, 1753 . n 

Petition of certain persons for annexation to Monson 

— names ' . . . . . . . . 12 

Petition of selectmen of Amherst for extension of its 
charter, 1761 . . ... 

Petition for pay for taking inventory of Lyndeborough, 

l 1 6 * ^ 13 

Proposals of accommodation between Monson and Am- 
herst, 1763 ........ 14 

Letter of Rev. Daniel Wilkins, relating to Amherst 

for a shire-town, 1767 ...... 14. 13 

Vote of Monson for a division and annexation to Am- 
herst and to Holiis, and Petition for the aforesaid 



I division . . . . . . . . 16 

Petition to be disannexed from Amherst, 1771 — names 17 

Petition against division of the town, 1 771 — names . 17-19 

Vote of Amherst in favor of annexing Monson, 1766 . 20 
Petition of John Shepard, jun., town clerk, in behalf 

of Amherst, 1771 . . . . . . . 20 

Petition for a road from Charlestown to Amherst, 1773 21 
Petition of inhabitants of Hillsborough county in rela- 
tion to John Holland, 1774 ..... 21-24 

Petition of Monson to be restored to its original char- 
ter — names, 17S2 . . . . . . . 24-26 

(1; Readers are reminded that names of persons in the same town, 
which are frequently repeated, as signers of petitions or otherwise, are 
net uniformly noted by page in the Index ; but are indicated by a - 
mark between the pages where they are found; but every name in a par- 
ticular town will be found in the Index once or more. Ed. 

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GENERAL CONTEXTS. vlt 

ATKINSON AND PLAISTOW (i). 

Pages. 
Petition from Plaistow, relating to difficulty of attending 

public worship, 1766 — names 
Petition relating to a site for a meeting-house — names 

^IH ..: 

Petition to be set off as a parish — names, 1766 

Reasons of Daniel Hadley and Joshua Emery agains 
a division ....... 

Memorial of inhabitants of Haverhill to the people o 
Plastow, 1767 — names . . . 

Information from Plaistow, to the Governor, &c, 1766 
— names ........ 

Joseph Page, Eben r Eaton and Joseph Parker, agains 
a division, 1767 ....... 

Petition of inhabitants of Plaistow, with reasons for be- 
ing set off in a distinct parish — names . 

Petition of sundry persons to be polled off from Atkin- 
son to Plaistow — names .... 

Ivlemorial of inhabitants of Plaistow against a new town 
6zc. — names ....... 

Report of a committee of Plaistow, about the meeting 
house, 1766 ....... 

Persons in Plaistow who desire to have the town remain 
undivided ....... 

Asa Haseltine against a division of the town 

Number of people in Atkinson and in Plaistow . 

James White ; reasons for wishingto remain in Plaistow 40 

List of Baptists in Plaistow — names .... 41 



3 1 

3^ 

3 3 > 33 

33-35 



37 
38 

3». 39 

39 
39 



BARRINGTON. 

List of the original proprietors of Harrington . . 41-45 

Petition for power to raise money . . . . 45, 46 

of Thomas Shepard ..... 46 

of John McMath and Thos. Shepard . . 47 

of selectmen of Barrington, for a representative 48 

(1) The papers relating to these towns are intermixed, Ed. 



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GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Pages. 
Petition of Garland and Brewster for a Congregational 

Parish • & . . 48, 49, 



BEDFORD. 

Petition of people in Souhegan-East for protection- 
names of families, 1744 ..... 

Petition of Presbyterians in Bedford, 1750 — names 

Petition of people in Bedford, for a Proprietors' meet- 
ing • • . . . ... 

Petition for a tax on their land, for a meeting-house, &c. 

Petition of James Caldwell, for a town meeting, &c. . 

Petition of Selectmen and Committee of Safety, against 
John Houston's taking an oath, 177S 



5° 
5 l * 5 2 

52 
53 
54 

55' 5& 



BENNINGTON. 
Mr. Samuel Robinson's petition for a tax, 176^ 



• 5», 57 



BOSCAWEN. 

Petition of Contoocook, Penacook and Canterbury for 

protection against the Indians. 1747 
Contoocook petition for aid, 1744 — names . 
Petition for appointment of military officers — names 

for a land tax for support of a minister, 1747' . 

for authority to collect taxes . 

for a Justice of the Peace, 1766 — names . 



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57- 

59 
59 
60 
60, 61 
62 



BOW (1). 

Bow remonstrance against against Rumford petition for 

incorporation, 1749-50 , 
Perambulation of Bow town lines 
Petition of Selectmen of Bow, 1753 
Warrants relating to taxes, &c, 1753 • • 



62 

63 

63 » 64 
65, 66 



(1) By error, the head-line on pp. 63-76 is " Boscawen," which 
should be Bow. Ed. 



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GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition of agents of Bow for a loan of money, 1754 
Vote for a loan to Proprietors of Bow . 
An act relating to Bow, taxes, &c, 1755 
Petition for a new survey of lots . 
Inventory of Bow and Canterbury, 1761 
Petition of Edward Russei and others, 1764 
Petition of Joseph Baker and Philip Eastman, r^/64 
Petition of Selectmen of Bow, not to be rated with Con 
cord, 1767 . ... 



Pages. 

67 

68> 

68-70 

7^72 

73. 74 

74. 75 
75 

76 



BRENTWOOD. 

Names of persons in Brentwood desiring a Parish, 1 743 . 
Petition of inhabitants in the North part of Brentwood 

about a meeting-house, 1743 — names 
Petition of Elisha Sanborn, in relation to Brentwood. 

1745 ......... 

Remonstrance against Keeneborough patent 

Charter of Keeneborough ...... 

Petition of Selectmen of Keeneborough, 1748 
Petition of inhabitants of Brentwood, to be set off as a 

Parish, 1764 — names ...... 



76. 


77 


77- 


-79 




80 


OO-03, 


8-3, 


86 


84, 


85 


35, 


$6 



CANTERBURY. 



Vote of town meeting, 1738 



CHARLESTOWN, No. 4. 

Letter to Cols. Willard and Hinsdale, 1743 — names 
Petition of John Spafford, &c, for aid, 1744 . 



56 
87 



Petition of proprietors of (Canterbury, about a road, 1741 

of proprietors of Canterbury for a bridge, 1743 ^3 

of Canterbury men for wages, 1754 

of Canterbury for remission of tax, 1754 

of Selectmen for remission of taxes, 1756 

relating to the original charter . . • 9 3 > 93 

Petition of Archelaus Moor and others to be set off to 

Canterbury, 1764 ....••• 94 

Petition of Abiel Foster about Town Records, 1774 . 95 



89 
90 

9 1 
92 



9 6 >97 
97 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition of Selectmen for a road, 176S 

of Timothy Loveli about an island, 1770 
of Benjamin Page for a Ferry, 1771 

Petition of John Nott, and of Simeon Alcott for a 



Fei 



77* 



Pages. 
98 

99 



100, 101 



101 



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CHESTER. 

Petition in behalf of the- Proprietors of Chester, 1726. 

with Minutes of Council thereon 
Petition of Selectmen, relating to town bounds, 1726 
Report on petition for a road, &c, 1743 
Petition of Chester in relation to salary of ministers. 

&c 1740 ....... 

Petition for aid of soldiers .... 

Petition of John Talford and Tho s Wells, for protec 

tioii, 174S ....... 

Minutes of Chester Town meeting, 1753 . 

Petition of Andrew Craige, in relation to taxes. 

l 757 

Advertisement of town meeting, &c, 1763 

Petition of North Parish, to be set off, &c, 1 763- 
names ....... 

Petition for a new Parish, 1763 — names . 

Petition to confirm bounds of Long Meadow Par- 
ish, 1 771 ....... 

Meeting of freeholders and inhabitants — names 

Memorandum of agreement, 1772 . 

Answer to a petition for a Parish being set off, 1772 

Bounds of Long Meadow Parish, 1772 

Further petitions, relating to the same, 1773 — names 117- 

Petkion of Daniel Foster for a Ferrv 



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107 

10S 
109 

no 

112 

114 

116 
117 
■120 
120 



CHESTERFIELD. 

Memorial relating to the estate of John Wheelwright, 

of Boston 120, 121 

Petition of Josiah Willard about the same . . 122 






GENERAL CONTENTS. 
CHESWICK, now LITTLETON. 



Petition of Moses Little am 
of charter 



>sociates for extensi 



ion 



CHICHESTER. 

Charter of Chichester 

Petition for extension thereof — names 

confirmation of charter . 

liberty to assess taxes 
Note by the Editor, '* Couierain"' 



Pages. 



I2 3 



123 

I2 5 

126 

126, 127 

127 



VOLUME II. 

CONCORD TO EXETER. DD. I2S-274 



CONCORD. 

Petition from Ebenezer Eastman for protection fron 

the Indians, 1746 . 
Copy of Rumford petition for defence, &c, 174.4. 
Petition for aid by Benj. Rolfe, Esq., 1745 
Petition of inhabitants for like purpose, 1747 — names 
Petition of Capt. Ebenezer Eastman for same . 
Petition of Joseph Pudney, for service 
Letter of Rev. Timothy Walker to Archibald Stark 
Petition of Ezra Carter in behalf of Rumford . 
Letter of Jere. Stickney, Esq., relating to Bow- 



Petition of Rev. Tim Walker in behalf of Rumford 136, 
of Selectmen, relating to taxation, &c. 
to be annexed to Hillsborough county . - 



12S 

129 

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x 33 
*33 

J 34 
l 35 
136 

i37 
13S 
*39 



135: 



CONWAY. 

List of original Proprietors of Conway — names, &c« 141, 

List of settlers that have families, &c. 

Memorial from Fry burg, Brownfield and Conway, 

*77 6 *44» 



H3 

144 

H5 



X!1 GENERAL CONTENTS. 

CORNTSH. 

Pages. 
Petition of Jon 1 Chase for a grant of Hart Island, 

J 77 2 145, 146 



DEERFIELD. 

Petition of inhabitants in relation to a tax — names . 147 

for a tax, with reasons therefor, 1773 . . 147, 14S 
Petition for appointment of a Justice of the Peace, 

1774 — names 149 

Petition of. southerly part of Deeriield for a Parish, 

1774 — names 150 



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DERRYFIELD. 

Note 

Petition of inhabitants relating to town meeting:, 

1766 — names . ...... 152, 153 



DOVER. 

I 

Extracts from the Records of Dover, 1643 . . 153- 154 

Petition for bridging- Cochecho and Lamprey rivers 154 

Letter to the selectmen of Dover and Exeter about a 
bridge ; Accts. of pretenders to land at Cochecho 

P° [ rt 155 

Petition about a Grammar School at Dover (1) . 155, 156 

of Selectmen, relating to a bridge., 1723 . 1^6 

Petition and complaint against Richard Waldron, 

Esq 157. 158 

Petition of inhabitants of the N. E. part of Dover for 

a Parish. 1729 — names . . . . . 159, 160 

Petition of Eleazer Weare in behalf of inhabitants in 

N. E. part of Dover, 1729 .... 160 

Petition of Paul Gerrish and others relating to frauds 

and forgeries, 1729 — names .... 161, 162 

(1) By error, the date, 1772, should be 1722. Ed. | 



GENERAL CONTEXTS. 



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Action of General Assembly, and Report of Com 

mittee thereon, 1729 ..... 
Report about frauds in Dover Town book, 1731 
Petition of Proprietors of Hilton's Point, 1731 — 

names ....... 

Petition of people in Dover and other towns for a 

Township. 1733 — names . 
Petition for a grant of land, 1 754 — names 
List of the training men under Capt. Tho s Millet, 

1740 . . , . . 

List of the second foot company of Dover. 1740 
List of the troopers' under Capt. Tristram Coffin, in 

Dover, 1740 ........ 

Petition against a new Parish. 1744 — names 

for leave to have a Lottery, for abridge, 1760 
Petition for a bridge to cross Bellamy's Bank. 1756 

— names ........ 

Petition in relation to being set off in a separate 

county, 1 70S ...... 

Petition relating to a bridge, 1770 — names 

Petition relating to bridges, 1773 — 'names 

Petition relating to rocks in Salmon-falls river, 1779. 

names . 



Pages. 

. 162, 163 
. 163-167 

. 167, 168 



168- 


-171 


171, 


172 


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J 74> 


l 7S 




176 


17*, 


177 




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175, 179 
180 

1S1, 183 

184, 185 
185-187 



DORCHESTER. 

Petition of John House for extension of time to make 

their settlement, 1771 . 

Petition for a new charter, 1772 . . . . 



1S7 

188 






DUBLIN. 
Petition to be incorporated into a township, 1771 



188 



DUNBARTON. 

Petition of Capt. Caleb Page, of Starkstown, 1763 . 189 

Petition in relation to a school lot, 1774, with resolve 

of General Assembly , 190, 191 

Petition of Caleb Page relating thereunto, 1774 . 191-193 



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xiy GENERAL CONTENTS. 

DUNSTABLE. 

Pages. 

Petition of Inhabitants of Pine Hill, 1763 . . ig* 
Votes at a town meeting in Dunstable, 1763 
Petition of inhabitants of West Parish of Dunstable 

for a garrison and men, 1744 — names . . 194 

Petition for protection against the Indians, 1744 . 195 

in relation to a certain tract of land . . 196 

Copy of an Indian Deed, 1671 .... iq6, 197 

Petition relating to conflicting town meetings, 174S . 198-200 
Petition for dividing the Province into Counties. 1754 

— names ........ 2 oi 

Warning for a town meeting, proceedings, &c, 

I 7^° •••••.... 202 

Samuel Hobart, attorney for Dunstable, 1763 . . 203 
Answer to a petition of inhabitants of Dunstable to 

be set off to Hollis, 1763 ..... 204-206 

Petition of Zacheus Lovewell and Joseph Blanch- 

ard. 1758 (1) 206 

(1) By error., 1768. Ed. 

Petition of Joseph Blanchard, 1762 . . . 207 

Wm. Brown's letter and power of attorney, 1760 . 20S 

Proceedings at Town meetings .... 20S-210 

Letter to Hon. Henry Sherburne . . . . 210 

Papers relating to the settlement of Rev. Samuel 

Bird . . . . . . . . zn 

List of qualified voters in Dunstable . . . 211 

Names of persons who voted for Rev. Mr. Bird . 213 

Names of those who voted against him, &c. . . 213-214 

Votes at Town meetings, &c. . . . . . 215 

Petition relating to an illegal Town meeting . . 216 

Sundry names, in Dunstable . . . . . 219 

Minutes of Town meeting ..... 219-221 

Assent to Jos. Blanchard's petition, and Remon* 

strance against it ..... 221-222 

Petition of Jon a Lovewell, in answer to Jos. Blanch- 
ard's ......... 222 

Petition to send a Representative . . . . 224 

Petition of people in the west part of Dunstable to 

be annexed to Hollis . . . . . 226, 227 



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G E NERAL C ONT ENT S . 



XV 



Petition relating to another hearing . 
Petition against annexation to Ilollis 
Proceedings 'at town meetings . 



DURHAM. 

Petition for incorporation as a town . 
Ecclesiastical document, 1723 .... 
Petition of aggrieved inhabitants of Oyster River 
Petition of Francis Mattes and others for a new 

Parish ' . ' . 

Names of soldiers in Durham under Capt. John 

Smith , 

Petition of Daniel Meader, 1745 

Petition of Joseph Thomas and others, about a fraud 

ulent election ...... 

Petition for a highway . 



Pages- 

228 
2.9-231 
231-234 



234 

3 35 

2 37 

238 



EPPING. 
Petition of inhabitants for protection 



240 



242 
2 43 



245, 246 






EPSOM. 

An Act to invest Proprietors of Epsom with town 
rights ....... 

Petition of John Weeks ..... 

Petition for abating the Province tax 
Proceedings at town meetings . 



EXETER.* 

Combination at Exeter, 1639 . 
Elders' or Rulers' Oath .... 
Oath of the people ..... 
Request for a town meeting and a new Parish 
Petition for a Parish — names . 



246 

247 

248 

249-250 



250 
251 
252 
252 

'53~ 2 57 



* See Note by the Editor, at the close of General Contents. 



XVI 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Counter petition — names . 

Petition for Parish privileges — names 

Remonstrance against . 

Warrant for town meeting— other remonstrances 

Report on location of a meeting-house 

Brentwood petition about Parish lines 

Petition of Andrew Gil man and others — names 

Brentwood to pay Province tax to Exeter . 

Report of a Committee about Brentwood meetino-- 

house 
Joint petitions, Sec. (relating to Brentwood) . 
Remonstrance — names ...... 

Agreement of parties (in Brentwood) 
Survey of a Parish in Brentwood 



Pages. 

257 
258 
260 
261-265 
265 
266 
267 
26S 

269 

270-272 

2 73 
280 
290 



VOLUME III. 

EXETER TO JEFFERSON, pp. 37^-430. 



EXETER — CONTINUED. 

Petition of Andrew Gilman and others about a meet- 
ing-house, 1743 — names ..... 

Petition of sundry persons in Exeter for support of a 
minister fe among themselves .... 

Petition to be exempted from support of a minister 
not of their 'choice — names . 

Petition in answer to that, praying for exemp- 
tion, &c. ........ 

Replication to the foregoing ..... 

Petition^of sundry inhabitants of Exeter, to be incor- 
porated into a new Parish — names 

Answer of the Town Committee of Exeter to the 
foregoing ........ 

Result and advice of an Ecclesiastical Council in 
Exeter, 1755 

Acceptance of the foregoing Result and Advice 



275 

277 
278 

280 
284 

291 

2 93 

295 
297 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition of John Odlin and others for power to call 
Parish meetings ...... 



FRANCESTOWN. 

Petition for a land tax to build a meeting-house- 
names . 



FRANCONIA, 

Petition of John Wendell, agent for the town of 
Franconia . . , . 

Petition of Alexander Phelps and others relating to 
forfeiture and re-grant of Franconia and Lin- 
coln . . • . 



XV u 
Pages. 

297 



300 



301 



GILM ANTON. 
Petition for power to levy a tax, &c. 



GILSUM. 

Vote of Westmoreland to set off a part of the inhab- 
itants to Gilsum ; vote of Gilsum to set off the 
west end of the town ; assent of inhabitants of 
Gilsum to be set off . 

Petition for a new town — names .... 



GOFFSTOWN. 

Petition of Archibald Stark for soldiers to guard the 
garrison at Amoskeag .... 

Votes at town meetings in Goffstown 

Petition for a Presbyterian Society — names 

Petition of inhabitants, 1772, relating to town dis 
putes — names ...... 

A town meeting called, Proceedings, &c. 

Petition for an emission of paper money . 

A Bank of paper currency 
ii 



^02 



3°3 

304 



306 

307 
307, 308 

308 

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3 ir 

3*3 



*V m GENERAL CONTENTS. 

GOSPORT. 

Petition to be exempt from paying- taxes . 
Petition of Selectmen for remission of taxes 
Petition for a Lottery, for protecting the harbour- 
names 



GRANTHAM.* 

Petition of John Sargents for a new charter 
of Abel Stevens, for same . 



Pages. 
3*3 

3H 



3i3 
3*9 



GREENLAND. 

Petition of inhabitants for privileges- 
Petition of sundry persons to be joined to Greenland 

parish ..... 

Petition for a grant of certain powers 

for a township 
Portsmouth votes relating to Greenland 
Petition of inhabitants of Breakfast i I ill 

for extension of boundary lines 

relating to tax warrant 

for representation in the General Assembly 



320 

321 

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3-H 

3 2 5 

326 

3 2 7 



GROTON, formerly COCKER MOCTH. 

Petition of John Hale and Samuel Hobart for a re- 
grant . . . . . . . 328 

Memorial of James Gould and others . . . 329 

HAMPSTEAD. 

Petition for a Parish ...... 331 

Vote of Kingston against setting off a Parish . . 332 

Petition of Richard Hazzen about support of Rev. 

James Clashing ....... 333 

Petition of Edward Flint and others to be annexed, 

&c 334 



* By error, head-line, " Gosport," p. 319, should be Grantham. Ed. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. XIX 

HAMPTON & HAMPTON-FALLS. 

Pages. 

Petition of Selectmen about taxes .... 335 

Petition of Abraham Drake and others about a tract 

of land, &c. ....... 336 

Certificate oi Nathaniel Weare — of Jabez Smith . 337 

Petition for leave to make a seoarate tax . . . *-*8 

Request relating to highway's ..... 3^0, 

;Petition relating to a Parish ..... 340 

Petition of inhabitants of Hampton-falls for a tavern 341 

Petition for a new Parish ...... 343 

Concurrence therein — objections thereto . . . 345 

Petition of Hampton-falls for a Fair — grant thereof . 345-346 
Agreement relating to Rev. Ward Cotton 

Petition adverse to setting off a new Parish . . 347 

Reasons against the same . . • . . 34S 

JNamcs of persons in different towns who petitioned 
to be annexed to Massachusetts, 1739. viz., in 
Hampton. Kingston, Hampton-falTs, Chester, 
Stratham, Exeter. Kensington, and ; : - Greenland* 349-356 
Reasons offered against a new district, and Remon- 
strance against the same ..... 356, 357 

Petition of persons formerly of Massachusetts to be 

annexed to Hampton-falls . . . . . 35S 

Petition of inhabitants of N. E. part of Hampton to 

be exempted from minister's tax . , . 359 

Petition of sundry Dersons to be annexed to Hamp- 
ton-falls ........ 36a 

Petition of persons in Haverhill not to be joined 

with Kingston ....... 361 

Notification of a Parish meeting to set off those who 

call themselves Presbyterians .... 362 

Petition for a Presbyterian Society .... 363 

Petition in answer to the foregoing petition . . 366 

Petition for a Presbyterian Society renewed . . 370 

An Act dividing Hampton-falls into two Parishes . 372. 

Report of a Committee to fix the line between the 
two . . ...... 



373 



* The said names are not repeated in the Index. Ed. 



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¥£ GENERAL CONTENTS- 

Pages. 

Petition of the Parish of Hampton-falls in relation 

to delinquent tax-payers ..... 374 

Petition of Selectmen of Hampton-falls, to make a 

rate 376 



HANOVER. 

Petition of John House about Islands in Connecticut 

river 37S 

HILLSBOROUGH. 

Petition in relation to roads in Society-land . . 370 

Petition for an Act of Incorporation . . . 380 

Petition of John Hill for protection from the Indians 38.1 

HINSDALE. 

Petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale in behalf of North- 
field . . . . . . . . . 383 

Petition of Proprietors and claimers of land in North- 
field south of the Province line . 383 
Petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale for protection against 

the Indians ....... 385 

Petition of Daniel Jones for remission of taxes . 386 

Province rate for the town of Hinsdale, 1764 . . 388, 389 

Names of inhabitants of Hinsdale, classed according 
to location, with amount of tax. on the West side 
of Connecticut river, and on the East side of 
Connecticut river, those of the East side, who 
live in other towns ...... 390-393 

Petition for a new County [Important] . . . 393 

Petition of Doct. Josiah Pornroy, for permission to 

inoculate in Hinsdale for small-pox . . . 394 



HOLDERNESS. 

I 

Petition of Samuel Livermore for two rights of land ; 
deposition of Samuel Eaton ; deposition of 
Thomas Vokes ....... 394, 395 



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GENERAL CONTENTS. 



' 



. s 



Petition of Proprietors for extension of their grant ; 
to send a Representative . . . . 



MOLLIS. 

Petition for a Committee to locate the meeting-house 

Petition of Samuel Cummings For protection against 

the Indians ....... 

Petition for a tax; on non-residents' lands . 

for dividing the Province into two counties . 

of people at Pine Kill to be set off from Mollis 



xxr 

Pages. 



396 



397 

399 
400 
401 
402 



HOPKINTON. 

Petition for an x\ct of Incorporation .... 404 
Petition for power to lay a Tax on 4-5** of the land, 

&c 405 

Petition relative to Province tax .... 406 

for power to sell common land . . . 409 

of sundry persons for an Act of Incorporation 410 
for Incorporation — reasons for . . . 411-412 

for a Tax on non-residents .... 414 



HUDSON, formerly NOTTINGHAM WES': 

Petition for a new Parish . . . . 

for town privileges 

for a Parish ..... 

of Selectmen for a hearing — names 
Vote on the question of incorporation 
Petition of John Marsh for a land-tax, &c. 
Petition for Nottingham W. to be included in the west 

division of counties — names 
Petition relating to fish in the Merrimack river 
Another petition relating to the same 
Depositions of Thomas Pollard ; Benj. Marshall 



416 

4*7 

418 

420 
422 

4 2 3 

424 
425 
427 
42S 



XX11 GENERAL CONTENTS. 

JAFFREY, formerly MONADNOCK, No. 3. 
Certificate to Mr. Josiah Willard 



JEFFERSON, formerly DARTMOUTH. 
Petition to extend the'time for making a settlement 



Pages. 
429 



43° 



VOLUME IV. 

KINGSTON TO NEW BOSTON, pp. 431-556. 



KINGSTON. 

Original Grant or Charier ..... 

Petition for re-settling of Kingston .... 

to be clear of public charges 

to be discharged from cost of road 

for abatement of Province tax ; for a township 

another for a township .... 

of East Parish about division of lines . 
Remonstrance against a new Parish .... 
Petition of Jedediah Philbrick for partition of real estate 

for a farther hearing on Haverhill petition . 

relating to the Basford land grant 
Petition of westerly part of Kingston for town privi- 
leges ...... 

Petition for a Justice of the Peace . 

for soldiers to keep the Fort 

to remain in the old Parish . 

for a new Parish . 

relating to boundaries . 
Report of Committee on the same . 
Petition about small-pox . 



KENSINGTON. 
Petition to send a representative 



43 1 
43* 
433 

434 
435 

437 
439 
441 

443 

443 

446 

447 
448 

449 
450 

45 * 
453 
454 



455 



GENERAL CONTENTS. XXliJ 

KINGS WOOD.* 

Pages- 

The Charter of Kingswood — names of grantees, pro- 
ceedings, &c 456-463 



LANCASTER. 



Minutes of Council, relating to a road . . . 463 

Petition for soldiers ....... 464 



LANDAFF. 

First granted to James Avery and others . . . 464 

Petition of Trustees of Dartmouth College, — and 

Minutes of Trustees ...... 465 



LEMPSTER. 



Petition of Capt. Joseph Spencer for extension of 

charter . . . . . . . . 466 



LITCHFIELD. 

-Granted by Massachusetts, and known as Brenton's 

farm ; Petition for a township .... 467 
Petition of inhabitants of Litchfield and Nottingham 

West, for a township — names .... 468-469 
Petition relating to support of a minister . . . 470 
relating to the settlement of a minister . 471 
relating to the pavment of a minister . . 472 
for men and military stores — names . . 473 
of Nathan Kendall relating to boundary line 473 
for a Parish on the East side of the river . 474 
relating to the same, as above . . . 475 
Petition to be included in the West division of Coun- 
ties . . 476 

Petition of Isaac Cummings to be taxed in Notting- 
ham-west . . . . . . • 477 

Petition for a grant of a ferry, by Lucy Read . . 479 

* Kingswood was probably never settled under that name. Ed. 



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GENERAL CONTENTS. 



LONDONDERRY.* 



Originally called Nuffield, 1719 
Petition of Inhabitants for a Charter 

for Bills of credit. Sec. --names . 
Charter of Londonderry ..... 
Schedule of names of proprietors of Londonderry 
Petition about running the lines 

relating to common lands . 
Oaths to be taken ... 
Names of persons who took the oaths 
Petition about division of town lands 
Differences about lands adjusted, and Petition fo 

redress of injustice — names 
Petition respecting- aggressions, of Haverhill people 

against Haverhill people 

relating to minister's tax, &c. — names . 
Gotrnter petition to foregoing — names 
Ansvver of Selectmen of Londonderry 
Votes relating to the places of public worship . 
Petition of 2 d Congregation relating to Presbyteria 
authority ....... 

Ace for incorporating a new Parish in Londonderry 
Petition for a new Parish — bounds . 

of Samuel Barr , 

Petition for division of land, &c, of heirs of Rev 

Thomas Thomson ..... 
Petition of inhabitants of old and new Parishes 

of Selectmen respecting Parish bounds 

to be taxed in Nottingham-west . 
Counter petition ...... 

Petition relating to a military company 
Thanks to the Legislature for an Act relating- to tav 
ems ........ 

Petition, 1759, for discontinuance of a highway- 
names ....... 



Pages. 

479 
4S0 
481 

4«3 

4S4 

4 3 9 
491 

492 

493 
494 

495 

499 
500 

501 



504-505 
506 

507 
508 
51a 

5« 
5*3 
5H 



* Readers will please take notice, that names in Londonderry which 
are of very frequent occurrence, are noted by a - joining the pug<es in 
which they are found. Ed. 



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GENERAL CONTENTS. 



XXV 



Petition for a law regulating fishing . 

relating to fish in Merrimack river — names 
Petition about irregular proceedings in town meet 
ing — names ...... 

Petition of Londonderry West Parish 

of inhabitants of Londonderry, 1775 
Agreement of Committees .... 



Pages. 
519 
5 21 

525 
52S 
53- 
533 



LYME. 

Petition for a ferry over Connecticut river 
* for a half-shire town 



533 
534 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 
Petition for protection against the Indians 



Grant 



Salem-Canada 



Schedule annexed to charter, names, lots, Szc. 
Petition for an Act of Incorporation 



535 

53^ 
540 

54? 



MADBURY. 

Petition for a Parish — names . 

Call for a town meeting in Dover . > 

Bounds of the West end of Dover — names 



MARLOW. 

Heads of families, single men, &c. . 

Petition for extension of charter 

Original proprietors and proprietors by purchase 



MERRIMACK. 

Fefition for a tax on non-resident lands 

Petition for dividing the State into Counties — Merri- 
mack names ; Bedford names • . • 

Petition to be attached to Col. GbftVs regiment- 
names . . . . 



541 
543 
544 



54 6 
547 
54S 



54S 
550 

55* 






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XXV1 GENERAL CONTENTS. 

MONABNOCK, No. 7. 

Petition for an Act of Incorporation 



NEW BOSTON. 
Petition about minister and school lots — names 
for a tax on certain lands — names 
to raise taxes to finish the meeting-house 



Pages. 
55* 



553 
555 
556 



VOLUME V. 

NSW CASTLE TO PORTSMOUTH, pp. SS7~^ J 7' 



NEW CASTLE. 
Petition relating to tax, Sic. ..... 

against a bridge at New Castle — names 
New Castle's answer to Sandy -beach petition — names 
Petition of inhabitants of New Castie and Rye — 
names ........ 

Petition for aid in behalf of the ministry . 
of Rev. John Blunt . . . 

Account of persons who voted for representative — 
names ........ 

Petition relating to a Lottery to build a bridge . 
for a Lottery to build a bridge — names 



558 

559 
561 

563 

5 6 3 

564 

566 
566 
567 



NEW DURHAM. 
Proprietors' meeting — Petition . 



569 



NEWMARKET. 



Papers relating to Newmarket bridge — names . 
Petition of inhabitants of Nottingham — names . 
of inhabitants of sundry towns — names 
An act for erecting and maintaining a bridge, &c. 
Answer of Exeter to petitions . . . 



57° 

57* 

57 2 -574 

576 

577 



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GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Reply to Exeter's objections .... 
Petition of Stratham against the bridge — names 

of Kensington against the bridge — names 
of Hampton Falls against the bridge — names 
of Epping against the bridge— names . 
Vote of Kingston against said bridge 
Vote and petition of East Kingston against it . 
Offer of land adjacent, by Philip Fowler and Rob 

ert Smart . . .- . 

Petition for a Lottery to build said bridge — names 
Petition of inhabitants of sundry towns to build a 

bridge at Newtielcls — names . 
Another similar petition — names not repeated in 

the Index ....... 

Petition of inhabitants of Newmarket— names not re 

■peated in the Index . . • . 

Act to raise money by Lottery for a bridge 
Petition of inhabitants of New Market, Stratham 

&.c. — names not repeated .... 
Report of Committee relating to a highway in New 

market ....... 

Petition of Selectmen, &c, for a highway — names 



Pages. 
580 



582 
583 
5§4 
5S5 
586 

537 
588 

590 

593 



596 
598 



000 

603 

603 



NEW IPSWICH. 

Votes at a town meeting in New Ipswich . 

Petition for a Committee to settle a plan for a meet- 
ing-house — names ...... 

Account of the pay of petitioners and non-petition- 
ers . . . . • • 



604 
605 

606 



NEWTOWN. 

Petition of sundry inhabitants of Amesbury — names 607 

of inhabitants of Almsbury Peek — names . 608 

Petition of Newtown — names in Almsbury district — 

of those in South Hampton . . . .609-611 

Report of a Committee ....•• 
Petition of inhabitants in west part of Almsbury 



612 






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GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition of Sam 1 French and others against a new 
parish — names ....... 

Petition of inhabitants of South Hampton, east end . 
of Thomas and Joseph Fowler . 

Petition of sundry persons against a new Parish — 
names •••..... 

Petition of Selectmen of South Hampton against the 
same ••...... 

South Hampton, setting, off 28 persons to a new 
Town ; and 2 more polled off .... 

Petition from South Hampton for a surveyor . 

Jona. Watson and Roger Eastman, poll off 

Petition of Selectmen of South Hampton, about high- 
ways ........ 

Draft of an Order in Council for polling off, &c. 

Supplemental charter of Newtown .... 

Petition from AJmsbury district 



NOTTINGHAM. 

Original charter of Nottingham . 

Note by John Farmer, Esq. ; Shem Drown of Boston, 
petitioners request for a road — names 

Petition of Capt. Peirce and Dr. Nath 1 Rogers, for a 
road ......... 

Petition for a tax on non-residents, for support of a 
minister ........ 

Petition for protection against the Indians * 

Vote to set off a Parish, &c. . 

Petition to be eased of the Province tax . 

Petition of inhabitants in the South-west of Notting- 
ham for Parish privileges . 

Petition for a separate Parish — names 

to elect an Assembly-man — names 

Statement relating to original rights^ — names 



Pages- 

613-619 
619 
620 

621 

622 

624 
625 
626 

627 
628 

629 
630 



630 
632 

^33 

634 

635 

636, 637 

^37 

638 

639 
642 

643 



/ 



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GENERAL CONTENTS. XXIX 

ORFORD. 

A list of inhabitants in Orford with their families. 

and ages— names ...... 645 

Single men — persons to whom Col. Mo niton wrote 

to settle, &c. ....... 646 

Mem of the settlement and improvement of land in 

Orford — names ....... 646, 647 

Names of all the men, women and children in Or- 
ford j names and ages of the children . . 64S, 649 
I Petition of William Simpson and others . . . 650 



PELHAM. 



Petition of Henry Baldwin in behalf of the town 

of Pelham ....... 652 

I Petition of selectmen of Pelham, to tax non-resi- 

» dents ........ 653 



PEELING. 

Petition of Nathaniel Cushman ; and memorial of 
Nath 1 Cushman and others for a re-grant of the 
township — names ...... 655 



PEMBROKE. 

Petition and memorial of Moses Foster . . . 657 

of Benjamin Holt, for a guard, &c. . . 659 

Town meeting relating to Rev. Aaron Whittemore . 659 

Petition for a Justice of the Peace — names . . 660 

of John Bryant, agent for the Presbyterians 661 

for leave to send a representative — names . 663 



PETERBOROUGH, 
Petition of the town of Peterborough, for town privi- 
leges 665 

Petition for a new county— names . . ' . . 666 



XXX 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition relating: to Peterborough 



Slip, for annexa- 
tion, &c. ........ 

Petition relating to Rev. John Morrison — names 
for a division of Peterborough — names 
against a division — names . 



Pages, 

667 
668 
669 
671 



PL AI STOW and ATKINSON. 

Petition of selectmen of Plaistow, about a constable 
Vote of Haverhill district to set off Timberlain, and 

a letter from Rich d Waldron, &c. 
Petition for a town or parish — names 

against being set off as a new parish — names 
Petition of inhabitants in the west part of Haverhill 

district, not to be incorporated — names 
Petition not to join with Richard Hazzen's plan — 

names ........ 

Sanborn. Palmer and Weare's report of Haverhill 

district ........ 

Petition of Haverhill district for a new Parish — names 
Petition for a Special ilct (against thieves, &c.) — 

names ........ 

Memorial of Col. James White and others 
Petition of sundry inhabitants of Plaistow 

for release from support of Hugh Potter 



673 

674 

675 
676 

676 

677 

678 
678 

680 

681 
682 
6S3 



PIERMONT. 

Petition of the Committee of Piermont to the Gov- 
ernor . ... 



684 



PLYMOUTH. 

Petition for leave to send a representative — names 
for a re-survey of land, &c. 
for a representative — names 



685 
686 
68? 






GENERAL CONTENTS. XXXI 

VOLUME VI. 

PORTSMOUTH TO WOLFEEOHOUGH, pp. 6SS-S24. 



PORTSMOUTH. 



Pages. 

Original name — orders relating to a school, &c. . 6SS 

Petition for a grant of land, and Request to the se- 
lectmen of Portsmouth ..... 6g Q 
Petition in relation to a meeting-house at the Plains 
— names ...... 



690 

Petition relating to dividing the common land, [see 

Note; and for "General and Hist. Reg. 1S70," 

read N. E. fjist. Geneal. Reg. July, 1S70, pp. 

264-266] 6 93 

Petition of the South Parish in Portsmouth . . 695 

Remonstrance of Portsmouth selectmen . . . 697 
Answer to a petition relating to the choice of Tames 

Clarkson as representative . . .- . 60S 
Deed from Theodore Atkinson and others, of their 

Rights in certain townships .... 703 

Petition of Portsmouth selectmen about a Pest-house 704 

Answer to a petition of Clement March, &c. . . 705 

Petition for a Lottery to pave streets in Portsmouth . 707 
Petition of Portsmouth against a bridge at New 

Castle 70S 

Memorial for a bounty on fish, wheat, hemp, Szc. . 709 
Petition of Selectmen, &c, to hold town meetings in 

the State-house ....... 712 

Another petition on the same matter . . . 713 

Portsmouth petition in regard to election returns . 714 



POWNALL, in Vermont. 
Petition 715 

PUTNEY, in Vermont. 
Petition for a Grant of land ..... 716 



XXJfli 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 

RAYMOND. 



An act for erecting a new Parish, &c. 
Petition in relation to a meeting-house 



RINDGE (i). 

Certificate— and copy of the Grant to Rowley-Canada, 
now Rindge, 1738 ...... 



Pages. 
717 
718. 



720 






ROCHESTER (1). 
Meeting of Proprietors ..... 
Petition of Rochester relating to the gospel ministry 
Petition of Wm. Charnberlin and John Jenness, fo 

relief >...... 

Petition for a guard of soldiers, 1746 

Petition for further relief and for a guard of sol 

diers ....... 

Letter of thanks and petition for further aid 
Petition of John Dam in relation to roads 



RUMNEY. 

Petition of sundry inhabitants, against Daniel Brain- 
erd ......... 

Petition of Daniel Brainerd and others 

R.ev. Thomas Niies . . . . 



721 
722 

7 2 3 
7*5 



720 

727 

728 



73° 

73* 

733 



RYE. 

Petition for a new District or Precinct, 1721 . . 734 

to be set off as a new Parish or District, 1724 735 

Vote and Remonstrance of Portsmouth against, 1724 737 
Petition from Little Harbour, Sandy Beach, and 

Hampton, 1725 737 

Another petition from the same source, 1725 . . 739 

(1) By error, the heading, <: Rindge," extends over pages 721-729; 
it should be Rochester. Ed. 






GENERAL CONTENTS. 



: I 



Petition from the Parish of Rye, 1729 
Petition from selectmen of Rye, relating to a vio- 
lent storm, 1754 . . ... 
Petition for a Lottery to build a road, 1764 



xxxm 

Pages. 

740 

742 
743 






SALEM. 

Petition of inhabitants of Methuen, 1741 . 

for redress of grievances as to taxes 
Letter from Theo. Atkinson to Selectmen of Lon 

donderry and Windham, 1742 . 
Petition for a Parish, 1743 .... 

of a part of Methuen to be a Township. 1746 
in relation to taxes, 1746 
for a Township, 1749 .... 
Letter from Daniel Peaslee to Thomas Packer, Esq 
Petition for redress of grievances, 1756 
Certificate of former Constables ; List of the men 
that served as Constables since it was first iricor 
porated, till the year 1752 . .. . 

Another petition for redress, &c. 



SANBORNTON. 

Petition to be exempted from taxation 

for incorporation ...... 

for the appointment of a Justice of the Peace 



SHELBURNE. 
Petition of Daniel Rindge 



SOCIETY-LAND. 

Petition for incorporation 
iii 



744 
745 

746 

746 
74S 
749 
749 
75° 



752 
752 



SALISBURY. 

A guard of soldiers provided for this as a frontier town 753 

Petition for aid in settling Salisbury . . . 754 



755 

757 

753 
759 






xxxiv 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 
SOMERSWORTH. 



A true List of all the train soldiers in Somersworth, 
under command of Capt. Thomas Wallingford 

1746. ^ . . 

Petition for Town privileges, 1743 . 



Pages. 



SOUTH HAMPTON. 

Petition of sundry inhabitants to be set off, &c. 

Petition of John Page and Benjamin Baker to be 
set off . •■'-.-. 

Answer to the foregoing petition by the selectmen 
of South Hampton .... 

Memorial of inhabitants of South Hampton 

Petition in relation to a highway 
relating to a Province tax 
to be annexed to Newtown . 

Petition for settling the line between South Hamp- 
ton and Newtown ..... 



760 
761 



763 
764 

765 
767 

772 
773 
774 



775 



STRATHAM. 
(Originally a fart of the Squamscott or Hilton's Point Patent.) 

Petitions for a Township ...... 

Petition to be set off into a Township 

Counter petition ....... 

Petition of selectmen in relation to a meeting-house, 

and of Jonathan Wiggin for a Ferry . 
Summons to Richard Hilton, and Petition of Strat- 

ham relating to divisions about a minister . 
Another petition relating to the same matter . . 7S4 



SWANZEY. 
(Called Lower Ashuelot.) 
Petition of William Sims, of Winchester — names 



TAUNTON. 

(On West side of Connecticut River.) 
Petition relating to No. 1, or Taunton-town — names 



785 



787 



777 




77S 




780 








7S1 


1 






782 


s 



I 



GEXFRAL CONTENTS. 

WAKEFIELD. 



Petition for Incorporation 



xxxv 

Pages. 
788 



WARNER. 

Petition of No. 1, or Essex Almsbury, 1742 
Bounds — Meeting of Inhabitants — Petition for Incor- 
poration, by Francis Davis . 



789 



790 









WE ARE. 
Petition of inhabitants of Hale's town, now Weare- 



names 



WENTWORTH. 
List of those who had original Rights — names 

WESTMORELAND. 
(Called Great Meadows.) 
Petition of Inhabitants .... 



79: 



792 



793 



WILTON; 

(Called No, 2. J 

Dtcd from Joseph Blanchard, Esq., 1749 . . , 794 

Petition for Incorporation — names . 797 

of Nathan Hutchinson and Benj. Kenrick . 797, 79S 



WINCHESTER. 

Petition for Incorporation ; Note relating to Dart- 
mouth College . . . • • 
Petition for relief . . . - • • 



WINDHAM. 



Petition of James Reid and William Parker 
Incorporation of Windham as a Parish . 



798 
799 



800 
803 



r 



G E XERAI. CONTENTS . 



Deposition of James Gilrnore — Certificate 
Petition in relation to an irresrular town meeting- 



Paper relating to an order of Court- 



names 
Town votes 

names . . . . 
Windham's Caveat against Methuen— names . 
Warrant for a town meeting ; votes, &c. . 
Petition for an alteration in their Charter — names 
Petition against the proceedings of said meeting 

names . . ' . 
Deposition of Henry Sanders ; Certificate — names 
Town meetings ; votes, &c. .... 
Petition in relation to a disturbance in the Parish 

names . . . . . 

Answer of Selectmen to the foregoing petition . 
Deposition of Robert Hopkins . 
Deposition of Samuel Barr, and Petition relating to a 

Tvieeting-house — names 
Petition of Oliver Saunders 
Deposition of John Dinsmoor, &q. ; List of men in 

Salem, formerly of Windham 



Pages. 

803 

804 

806 
S07 
SoS 
809 

812 

814 

816 
818 
S19 

S20 

822 

823 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 
Petition for Incorporation 



S2 4 



ADDENDA. 

TOWNS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FOREGOING PAGES, pp. S25-83O. 



Alexandria 

Allenstown 

Andover 

Antrim 

Barnstead 

Bath . 

Bradford 

Bridgewater 



825 
825 
825 
825 
825 
825 
825 
825 



PP ' ! - 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



XXXV11 



Page 



Brooklinc 

Benton 

Camp ton 

Canaan 

Canclia 

Centre-Harbour 

Chatham 

Claremont 

Colebrook 

Coventry 

Danbury 

East Kingston 

Effingham 

Ellsworth 

Enfield 

Errol . 

Fitzwilliam 

Gilford 

Grafton 

G reenfield 

Hancock 

Haverhill 

Hawke 

Henniker 

Kecne . 

Langdon 

Lebanon 

Lee . 

Lincoln 

Loudon 

Lyman 

Manchester 

Marlboroug 

Mason 

Meredith 

Middieton 

Milford 

Mont Vernon 

Moukonborough 

Nelson 

New Chester 

New Hampton 

Ncwington . 

New London 

North Hampton 

Northumberland 



826 
826 
S26 
S26 
826 
S26 
826 
826 
826 
S26 
S26 
826 
S26 
826 
826 
826 
S26 
S26 
$26 

S;7 
82 7 

82 7 
.827 
827 
S27 
827 
827 

827 
827 
827 
S2S 
82S 
828 
828 
82S 
S28 
828 
828 
828 
82S 
828 
828 
828 
828 



XX XVI 11 




GENERAL COI 


STENTS. 








Pagss. 




Northwood .... .... 828 




Orange 
















829 




Plainfield 












, 




829 




Poplin 












. 




829 




Richmond 












. 




829 




Sandown 












, 




829 




Sandwich 
















829 




Seahrook 












, 




829 


- 


Springfield 
















82Q 


Stoddard 
















829 




Stratford 
















829 




Surry . 
















829 




Sutton 
















829 




TanTworth 
















S29 


; 


Temple 
















829 




Thornton 
















829 


Tnftonborou 


- b . ' 














83O 


! 


Unity . 
















• S 3 


! 


Walpole 
















830 


Warren 
















83O 


j 


Washington 
















83O 




Wendell 
















S3O 


j 


Whitefield 












. 




83O 




Wilmot 












' 




83O 


j 















APPENDIX. 

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS, pp. 831-877. 



Notes by the Editor . . . .- . . . 833 

List of Delegates to the First Convention, 1778 . 834-837 
Constitution proposed in 1779; Declaration of Rights 837-838 
Plan of Government ...... 838-842 

Constitutional Convention, 1781, with List of Dele- 



gates ...... 

An Address of the Convention 

Proposed Constitution — Part I. Bill of Rights 

Form of Government, Part II. 

The General Court . 

Senate ....... 



. S42-844 
• 845-852 
. 852-858 
. 858-877 
. 859-860 
. 860-863 



r v F' "■■■•'"' 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



House of Representatives 
Executive Power — Governor 
Council .... 

Secretary, Treasurer, Commissary 

Treasurer .... 
Judiciary Power, Clerks 
Delegates to Congress 
Encouragement of Literature . 
Oaths, Subscriptions, &c, &c. 



General, County 



Pages. 

862-866 

866-870 

870 

871 
871-872 

872 

S73 
873-877 



Second Address of the Convention, 17S2 . 
The Bill of Rights— Note by the Editor . 
Constitution or Form of Government, Part II. 
Note by the Editor . . 



877-SS2 

882 

883-895 

895-896 



Constitution, as adopted, 1784 

Part I. Bill of Rights. [See Editor's Note.*] 

Part II. Form of Government . 



896 
896-903 
903-919 



ERRATA. 

Page 3, Elijah "King" should be Thing. 

Pages 63-75. the head-lines should be Bow, not "Boscawen." 
Page 156, Aug. 29, 1772, should be 1722. 
Page 319, head-line, " Gosport," should be Grantham. 
Pa^e 510, Hugh "Milson," should be Wilson, 
Page 543> Thomas " Witlet," should be Willey. 
Page 551, Thomas " Rickere," should be Vickere. 
Page 693, Note, "General," should be "Geneal." and Hist. Reg. 
Pages 722-729, head-lines should be Rochester, not "Rindge." 
Page xli, Note, Hon Charles Doe, late Judge of the Supreme Judi- 
cial Court, net "Superior." 



* In the reference to Hon. Charles Doe, in this Note, it should read, 
late Judge of the Supreme Judicial Court, not " Superior." Ed. 



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THE WHEELWRIGHT DEED. 



THE WHEELWRIGHT DEED. 



NOTE. BY THE EDITOR. 

On pages 56-60, Vol. I. Prov. Papers, the "Wheelwright Deed," 
as it is called, is printed in full. In a Note on that Deed. p. 56, the 
Editor says, "That in the course of the following records particular 
facts will be noted, that may enable readers to form an ooinion respect- 
ing the validity of the Deed." In this Volume, the Editor deems it 
proper to state, in brief, the conclusion which he has himself reached 
on that matter;— reserving his argument, in full, for publication in 
some other form. 

The conclusion which the Editor has reached from all the facts which 
have come before him, is, that the said Deed is a forgery. 



♦ 

This Deed bears date, May 17, 1629, and purports to be a 
conveyance by four Indian Sagamores, of a tract of land equal 
to about forty miles square — between the Piscataqua and Mer- 
rimack rivers— to John Wheelwright, '-late of England, of 
the Massachusetts Bay, and a minister of the Gospel,''' with 
four associate grantees, " all of the Massachusetts Bay," 

The following are among the proofs that said deed is a for- 
gery : 

I. Aside from this pretended Deed, we have no evidence 
that the Rev. John Wheelwright was ever seen or heard of in 
this country till his arrival, May 26, 1636 ; not one of the asso- 
ciate grantees was here before that time; and one of them. 
William Wentworth, was a boy only fifteen years of age then, 
at Alford, in England. 

II. The settlement of "the Massachusetts Bay" proper 
was not begun till more than a year after May, 1629, i. e.. 
not till June, 1630. 

III. The deed purports to be signed and sealed in the pres- 
ence of two English witnesses, one of whom was certainly in 
England on the nth of May, — six days previous — and the 
other was on shipboard on the Atlantic Ocean, and did not 
arrive In this country till June 29, 1629. 

IV. Of the seven witnesses to the delivery of the deed, it is 
certain that only one, Edward Hilton, was in this country at 
that time; and if he signed the deed, he signed away all his 
right and title to the plantation on which he lived. 

V. The above seven witnesses are said to be governors or 
stewards of plantations, called Laconia, Sawco and Squam's- 
cott or Hilton's Point ; but not one of the said plantations was 
granted till six or nine months after May, 1629. 

VI. The deed purports to have been made by the Indians 
" with a desire to have the English inhabit amongst them." But 



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THE WHEELWRIGHT DEED. x lt 

Passaconaway, the chief Sagamore, explicitly denies this, and 
declares iw he did all he could to prevent their settlement! and 
fought against them." 

VII. The date of the deed, May 17, 1629, proves to be the 
Sabbath, and therefore false to the principles and character of 
Rev. John Wheelwright. 

VIII. On April 3, 163S, John Wheelwright and his associ- 
ates made an actual bona fide purchase, of Indians, at Squams- 
eott— -now Exeter — paid for the same and began a settlement ; 
— which is inconsistent with the pretence that he bought in 
1629. paying twice for the same land. 

IX. The deed of 1629' occupies three and a half octavo 
pages, or one hundred and forty-two lines, while all the real 
Indian deeds of that early period are no more than sixteen or 
twenty-four lines ; and therefore it betrays itself as belonging to 
a later period. 

X. One condition or proviso in the deed is that the settle- 
ment, when begun, should be under iv the government, laws 
and order of the Massachusetts Bay." But John Wheelwright 
came to Exeter, in 163S. as an exile, banished out of the terri- 
tory and jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Bay, and immedi- 
ately set up an independent government. 

XI. The pretended deed of 1629 antedates the grant of New 
Hampshire to Captain John Mason, which is dated Nov. 7, 
1629; and the evident intent and object of the deed was to 
head off a claim made by 1 nomas Allen, of title and possession, 
founded on said grant to Mason: the trial of which was be- 
fore the Superior Court of New Hampshire, August 12, 1707. 
Then, for the first time, was the pretended deed brought to 
light — seventy-eight years after the date of it: and even then, 
only a ••copy" of the pretended original was brought into 
court. This L " copy," now on the files oi the Superior Court, 
at Exeter, is the only evidence that Dr. Belknap quotes for 
the validity of the deed.* [See Prov. Papers of N. H., Vol. 
II., pp. 532-52S.] 

* The first discovery and exposure of this forgery was made by the 
late Hon. James Savage, of Boston, President of the Massachusetts 
Historical Society, about 1S20; his views were re-affirmed, with addi- 
tional evidence, by the late John Farmer, Esq., Corresponding Secre- 
tary of the New Hampshire Historical Society, in 1S31. The opinion 
above expressed by the Editor is the result of an original investigation 
of the facts tiiat relate to the case. It is but just, however, to add, 
that the late Samuel G. Drake, Esq., of Boston, maintained an oppo- 
site opinion, as does also the Hon. Charles H. Bell, of Exeter [See 
Winthrop's History of New England, 1853, Vol. I., App. H, pp. 4S6- 
514; Farm. Belknap's History of New Hampshire, Vol. I., pp. 6-13; 
Drake's History of Boston, 1856, pp. 56-60, notes.] Ed. 






NEW HAMPSHIRE 

EARLY TOWN PAPERS 



VOLUME IX. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 



The "Town Papers" contained in this volume are copied from 
separate MSS. volumes, six in number, now in the office of the Secre- 
tary of State. They were arranged by authority of the Legislature, by 
(the late John Farmer, Esq. The contents of each volume are copied 
as arranged, with a very few exceptions, (in which an error was dis- 
covered,) and are distinguished as labeled on the MSS. volumes bv the 
towns which they severally include; e. g. Vol. I, "Acworth to Chi- 
chester;" Vol. II. "Concord to Exeter," &c. In the General Con- 
tents also, the volumes are kept distinct. Ed. 



VOLUME I. 

ACWORTH TO CHICHESTER. 



AC WORTH. 

[This town was incorporated 19 September, 1766. An extension of its 
Charter was granted 30 May, 1772.] 

Memorial of Sampson Stoddard and' Jon*. Blauchard. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Cap* General Gov- 
ernor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majestys Prov- 
ince of New Hamp r — the Hon ble his Majestys Council for 
said Province — 

The Memorial of Sampson Stoddard & Jonathan Blanchard 
for themselves Sc others part of the Grantees in the Town of 
Acworth in said Province — 

Humbly shews that your Memorialists have Done Some- 
thing Very Considerable Towards Bringing forward the Set- 
tlement thereof, have now a Considerable Number of Family's 
well Settled there, have a Good Set of Mills there have Cut 






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Cleared & in a Great Measure well finish' d a Road thro' Said 
Town .Mark' 1 & Lay'd out by a Committee appointed by an 
Act of the General Court ; 

That it has not been in your Memorialists power Strictly to 
fulfil the Several Conditions in Said Grant Stipulated That the 
Time Limited in his Majestys Grant of Said Town for Doing 
the Duty of Settlem 1 Expird the Last Month 

Your Memorialists therefore pray that they maybe Iudulg'd 
a Little While to Compieat the Settlem* afores d & your Memo- 
rialists as in Duty bound Shall Ever pray &c 

Sampson Stoddard 
Jon 11 Blaxchard. 

Petition for the Extension of the Charter of Aczvorth, 1772. 
To His Excellency John Went worth Esq r Cap'- Gene 1 Gov- 
ernor & Commander in Chief In & over his Majesty's 
Province of Hamp 1 ' the Hon bl ° his Majestys Council for 
Said Province 

The Petition of Jonathan Blanchard of Mcnymac in Said 
Province humbly shews — 

That your Petitioner is Considerably Interested in the Town 
of Acworth in Said Province under his Majestys Grant" the re of, 
hath with Co' Sampson Stoddard been making Large Im- 
provements there by Persons under them much to the emolu- 
ment of Said Town That the Time Limited for Doing the 
Duty Condition' 1 in the Grant aforesaid Expird the 19 th Day 
of September 1 771 , that a Number of the Original Grantees 
have Neglected to Perform the Several Conditions in Said 
Grant Express 01 much to the prejudice of the Settlem* of Said 
Town. Namely David MacGregore, James MacGregore, 
Thomas Craige, James MacGregore Jun r Alexand r Clark, 
James Miitimmer, Jonathan Gilmore, Daniel Macfee, Robert 
Adams, Ephraim Adams, Samuel French, Oliver Farwell, 
Oliver Farwell Jun r , Thomas Davis, the Rev d Ebenezer 
Bridge. Edward Goldstone Lutwyche, Samuel Wcntworth 
Esq% Peter Levius Esq r , Cob Jonathan Greeley, William 
Symes, Maj r John Wentworth, Wiseman Clagget Esq r , Sam- 
uel Cumings & Robert Fletcher : 

Wherefore your Petitioner humbly Prays that your Excel- 
lency & Honors woud Take the Premises into Consideration 
Grant your. Petitioner & his as'ciate Col r Sampson Stoddard a 
further Time to Compieat the Duty Enjoyn'd upon their Inter- 
est which is Nearly Done & otherwise Dispose of the Delin- 
quent Prop r Interest & Shares to such of his Majestys Good 
Subjects as Will Effectually Settle & Cultivate the Same & 
your Petitioner as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 

Jon. Blanckard. 






TOWN PAPERS — AC WORTH. 3 

Go''. WcnnvortJCs Warrant to inspect the Settlement in AczvortJi, 

May, 1 772. 

1 Province of 1 By his Excellency John Wentworth Esq' Captain 

N.-w Hampshire j General Governor i Command in Chief in and over 
His Majesty's Province aforesaid & vice Admiral of the same. 
To Simeon Oicott Esq r Capt. Benjamin Church Esq r M r Elijah King 
I and M' Thomas Sparhawk, Greeting-. — 

Pursuant to an order of Council of 30 th April ult° you, or any three 
of you, are hereby authorized and Imppwered to Survey and Inspect 
the* township of Acworth in this Province: and return into the Secre- 
tary's office, upon Oath, the exact State of Settlement & Cultivation 
upon each Lot or Share therein, together with the number of Families 
& Settlers actually resident with the Roads and Buildings in said Town- 
trap which Business you are desired to enter upon immediately, so as 
to make your Return, as aforesaid, by or before the 25 th day of May Ins 1 
for which this is your full and sufficient; warrant. 

Given under my hand at Portsmouth the First day of May in the 
Twelfth year of His -Majesty's Reign Annoque Domini 1772. 

J'Wentworth. 
By bis Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec r ? 



Pursuant to the within warrant we y e subscribers have sur- 
veyed and Inspected the Township of Acworth with the 
Settlements Cultivation on each Lot or Share of Land therein, 
and also the Families, Settlers Buildings & Roads in y e same, 
cv find the State thereof as represented in the Schedule hereto 
annexed, and make return of y e same accordingly 

Simeon Olcott 
Elijah Thing , 
May y e 16 th 1772. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 
LIST OF FAMILIES AND SETTLERS IN ACWOKTH. 



FAMILIES A> T D SETTLERS. 



Ephjaim Keyes 10 

Willia ra Key'es 13 

Dean Carlton . . 10 

Samuel Harper 12 

Same 11 

Capt. Henry Silsby 12 

Same 11 

.Jonas Keyes 11 

Samuel Smith 9 

David Cross | 15 

Sam. Smith, juni* ] 1-4 

Elijah Parker 14 

John Rogers... j 7 

Same 

Same 6 

Edward Iveyes 9 

Joseph Chaherton 

James Pease 

Iiobt. Davidson 

Solomon Bigelow 

William I'arwell junr j 9 

Joei Bijrelow : 13 

Thos. Putnam | 5 

Same I 5 

B e h ai a a n Stebbins 14 

Jonathan Siisbv 13 

William Farweil... . - 12 

Fradr ic Keyes 12 

Ephraim Keyes 11 

Same 9 

Joseph Webb 7 



ORIGINAL GRAXTEES. 



William Thompson 

William Robie 



,jun; 



!?ame 

| John Parker 
I William Stat 
iThos Blanct) 
| Samp a Stod< 
John Ryan-. 

Samuel Thing 1 

Oliver Peirce 

Jonathan BJanchard .. 

| David Rrown 

Samp u S toddard E s qr . 
'James Rogers 



John Hardy 

[James Bkraehard 

j Reuben Gould... , 

William Pierce 

| David Burge 

j Ebenezer Gould 

Samuel Thin^ 

Stephen Powars I 

Moses Easterbrooks j 

Augustus Bianehard I 

Sam ) B arron . 

Reuben KHiecut ! 

Benjamin French.. . .... 

| Ye same 

Oliver Farweil 

iXathl Garfield 



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I 2. 



i I 
40 
10 



•20 12 l & Ram 
1 ! 1 ! 1 

3 j 11 
1 I 7 

i II 
41 
goo|d gx iss & small 
j 20 'good I'd 

4 A 

1 ! 



The within is an exact State of ye settlement & Cultivation 
on each Lot & Share of Land in ye Township of Acworth in 
the Province of New Hampshire, with ye families & Setlers 
therein and about four miles of the main Road leading from 
Charlestown to Boscawen, at ye westerly End made passable 
for Carriage and ye Remainder of ye same Road Cut about 
one Rod wide and so far leveled that Carriages might pass 
with Dificulty Also one other Road from ye said Main Road 
to the Mills, about two Miles in length well made & fit for 
Carriages, which with some few private Roads made passable 
only for man & horse is all the Improvement & Cultivation we 
could find in said Township : which is humbly submitted. 

Pr Simeon Olcott 

Elijah Thing. 

Cheshire ss May iS th 1772 Then Mr. Elijah Thing personally ap- 
pearing made Oath to y e Truth of y* above Report by him Signed 

before me 

Simeon Olcott fust* Pai* 



TOWN PAPERS — ALSTEAD. q 

ALSTEAD. 

.?' True List of the Inhabitants nozv Settl< r in the Town 

of A/stead, with their familys, and those that have begun to 

scttel, and single men, that have worked on their Land Viz : 

Twenty five Families now Inhabiting in said Town, also 

ten Single men, at work on their Land that are now resident 

also nine men more that have been and made Considerable 

Improvement on their Land some of which have ten, twelve, 

and some near twenty acres, under Improvement, and are all 

coming into Town with their families in the Spring as soon as 

the Season will admit of it. also Sundry Persons to the number 

of Eight that have made Considerable Improvement on their 

Land some have ten acres others near twenty and one about 

Thirty acres under Improvement which are moved of? and 

Expect to have others on in their room directly. All which is 

a True account of what is done Toward the Settelment of said 

Town of Alstead. Taken by us the Subscribers this 23 day of 

December i//i. 

Samuel Chandler ") , 

Jason- Wait - ^ff" 1 ? 

A o„„„._ I of Alstead. 



T? .Ql 



To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Captain General 
and Commander in Chief in and over His Majestys Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire &c : and to the Honorable His 
Majestys Council in said Province &c 

The Humble Petition of the Proprietors and Inhabitants of 
the Township of Alsted in said Province Humbly Sheweth 
That whereas the -Charter of said Alsted is out and thereby 
some of the rights or Shares are become forfited : But we do 
rely on Your Excellency and Honors Clemency and Mercy 
when vou shall see the account of what Persons is already set- 
tled and settling in said Town, and as by the Providence of 
God our Crops has been for these four years past much short- 
ened by frost Dearth and worms and the last year by Blast 
which has caused Provision to be very scarce, and as that 
many of those People that Settle new Towns have but littel 
money to help themselves with and as the Scarcity of Provision 
has been such had People moved in much faster than what 
they have the}- must have Suffered for want of Provision as it 
could not have been Procured with money had they had it. 
Therefore your Petitioners Humbly pray that Your Excellency 
and Honors would take it into Your wise Consideration, and if 
Constant with your Wisdom to Lengthen out the time to 
those that have been Delinquent in doing their Duty would 
take it as a great favour, If Your Excellency and Honors should 






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think it not Proper to Grant any further time to those Delin- 
quent to do their Duty in we Your Petitioners the Inhabitants 
pray that it may be Granted to us for our Children that have 
endured the many Fatigues and Hardships in bringing forward 
the Settelment of Said Town, and Your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound Shall ever pray 
Jeneuary the 13 th 1772. 

Jonathan Shepard Edward Waldo 

Shubel Waldo Daniel Waldo 

Samuel Chandler Gideon Delano 

Jason Wait Elias Brown 

Oliver Shepard Barnabas Delano 

Andrew Beckwith - '■ Elijah Cone 

Joseph Brown Philip Wordner 

John Thomson 

Those Names above Is What of the Inhabitants that has 
signed & those below Is men that Live out of town that have 
Land in s' ; District: 

B. Bellows J Qn i* Chase 

Joshua Hide James Richardson 

Abishai Delano Moses Brown 



AMHERST 

[Amherst was granted by the Government of Massachusetts, 26 April, 
1733, and was called NarragansetNo. 3, which name was afterwards ex- 
changed for Souhegan West, which it retained until the charter was 
granted, iS January, 1760, by Gov. B. Wentworth. It was not under 
the government of New Hampshire until 1741, when the establishment 
of the line separated it from Massachusetts. — Ed.] 



PAPERS RELATING TO AMHERST (INCLUDING MONSON) . 

Request of the Inhabitants of Souhegan West for a 
suitable Guard to defend them fro???, the French <£• Indian 
Enemy, 1744: 

Att a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Settlement or Plan- 
tation, called Souhegan West in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire at the house of Dan' 1 Wilkins ye 16 th of June 1744. 

Unanimously agreed that Dan 1 Wilkins of this place in the 
name and behalf of the Settlers here Represent to the Gov- 
ernor and Council of New Hampshire our destressed Circum- 
stance on account of our being Exposed to the French and 
Indian Enemy our Low Condition & Inability to subsist here 
unless a Suitable guard may be had to defend us when about 
our work ; and that he make suitable application that these 
things may Immediately be obtained. 

witness to the vote 

Solomon Hutchinson ( 1 ) 
Jonathan Tarbell 
John Vene. 

(1) Mr. Hutchinson was the first Town Clerk when Amherst was incorporated. 
He died in Maine, at the age oi' 90 years.— Ed. 



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TOWN PAPERS AMHERST. 



To his Exelency Benning Wentworth Esq r Capt. General 
and Governor in chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire in New. England the Honorable the Coun- 
cil and House of Representatives in General Court con- 
vened. 

The Memorial or Petition of Dan 1 Wilkins in the name and 
behalf of the Inhabitants of the Township or Plantation called 
Souhegan West No. 3 in the said Province — 

Humbly sheweth the said Town has been settled by his 
Majesties subjects about nine years and a Gospel Minister 
ordained almost three years that the Settlers had an Eye at 
enlarging his Majesties Dominions by going into the Wilder- 
ness as well as at their own Interest, that some thousand of 
pounds has been spent in clearing and cultevating the Land 
there and vast sums in building Houses Barns & fences beside 
much time and expence in building fortifications by his Excel- 
ency the Governers order. 

That the Breaking up the Settlement will not only ruin the 
Memorialists but greatly disserve his Majesties Interest by 
encouraging his Enemies to Encroach on his deserted Settle- 
ments and be also hurtful to the Province by Contracting its 
borders and drawing the war nearer the Capital : 

That it was by a long and importunate Intercession of this 
Province, (and not of the Memorialists Seeking) that they are 
cast under the immediate care of this Government which they 
conceive give them so much the better Right to its protection : 
That as war is already declared against France and a Rup- 
ture with the Indians hourly expected your Memorialists unless 
they have speedy help will soon be obliged to forsake their 
Town how diservisable soever it maybe to the Crown dishon- 
orable to the Government hurtfull to the Province & ruinous to 
themselves : 

Wherefore, 
Your Memorialists most humbly supplicate your Exelency 
the honorable Council and House" of Representatives to take 
the premises into vour wise and mature Consideration and to 
grant them such seasonable relief as may enable them to sub- 
sist in the war and secure against the Ravages and Devastation 
of a blood thirsty and merciless Enemy and your Memorialists 
as in duty bound will ever prav. 

Dan 1 Wilkins. 

Dated at Portsmouth 
June ye 22' 1 1744. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition for protection against the Indians 



1/47- 



To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq r Gov. «S:c The 
Hon. his Majesty s Council & House of Representatives in 
Generall Assembly Convened May 13" 11 1747. 
The Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of the New 
Plantation called Souhegan West Humbly Skezvcth That there 
is Settled and now remains in this plantation thirty five fami- 
lys in which is about Fifty eight men upwards of sixteen years 
old. That when we began our Setlement, we apprehended no 
Danger of Our ever being a frontier, there being at that time 
so manv above us begun and obligated to fullfill the Conditions 
of the Massachusetts Grants, which occasioned us to setle 
scattering, only Regarding the Advantages of Good and Com- 
pact farms. That the difficulty of War happening so early on 
cur Settlements, and the Defenceless Condition they was in, 
has oblidged them all viz : Petersborough Salem-Canada New 
Boston ec Hillsborough (so called) Intirely to draw off as well 
as the Forts on Connecticut River left naked. Whereby we 
are now left as much exposed as any of the Frontiers o.n Mer- 
rimack River 

That the First vear of the present war we was Favoured 
with a Scout from This Province (which we Thankfully ac- 
knowledge) and Salem-Canada with an other which was 
Equally Serviceable to us Since that time, both Salem- 
Canada and this Place has had a guard from the Massachusetts 
till the Winter passed together with our Inhabitants keeping a 
constant Scout (Tho much Impoverished thereby) That this 
encouragement has occasioned our venturing here till now 
That as we are now left without either Scout or Guard — Ap- 
prehend we are in Imminent Danger. Yet Loach to yield 
Ourselves Such an easy Prey to Our Enemies or Suffer Ruin 
by leaving our Improvements wast. One Whereof we have no 
Reason to Think, but must unavoidably be our lot. unless this 
Government Compassionately Grants us Protection. 

Wherefore Your Petitioners most Humbly Pray that your 
Excellency & Hon" would so far Comiserate our Present Dif- 
ficult Circumstances as to Grant us so many Soldiers as your 
Excellency & Hon" may Judge of Necessity for Our Defence 
and your Peti ra as in Duty bound Shall Pray &c. 

Daniel Wilkins William Howard 

John Shepard Jacob Weliman 

his his 

Joseph X Wilkins 
mark 

Benj Cheever 

John Davis 

James Cofren 

SamuelWaiton 



mark 
Andrew Bixbe 
Andrew Seetcn 
William Bradford 
Ebenezer EUinwocd 



William Peabody 



Thomas Clark 



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TOWN PAPERS — AMHERST. 9 

Solomon Hutchinson John Seetown 

Daniel Wilkins Jun r Ebenezer Lyon 

Benjamin Cheever Jun r Caleb Stiles' 
Israel Tovvne 

In Council May 13 a 1747 read & ordered to be sent Down to the 
Kon' jU House. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 



Petition from Mbnson.{i) 
To His Excellency Beaming Wentworth Esq Gov r &c The 
Honb his majesty s Council & House of Rep ve3 in Gen 11 
Assembly convened May 13 th 1747. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of the town of Monsdn, 
Hereunto Subscribers Humbly Skews That the Said town is 
Lately begun to Setie & but about Fifteen Famiiys there. 

That they are one of the Frontier Towns west of Merri- 
mack River, & the most northerly One, already incorporated, 
Lving Between Hollis & the New Plantation Called Souhegan 
West. 

That could we be assisted by Souldiers Such Competent 
number as might Enable us to Defend our Selves Shall Chear- 
fully Endeavour to Stay there by Which we Shall Serve as a 
Barrier in part to Holies Merrimack and Dunstable. 

That last year we was Favoured by Souldiers From the 
Massachusetts, that Prevented Our Drawing off. 

That Should the War be pursued by the Enemy as vigor- 
ously as Last year, (unless we are Favoured by some assistance 
from Y e Government) We Humbly apprehend 'twould be too 
great Presumption to venture our Selves & Famiiys there 

That it will be very Ruinous to your Petitioners To leave 
their Settlements & the Frontier Wielned, & for a Necessary 
Defence will Require a Greater number of Souldiers than to 
assist us there 

Wherefore your Petitioners most Humbly Pray that your 
Excellency & Hono'' 3 would be pleased to Take the Premises 
into your Consideration & Grant us a Guard for two Garrisons 
& a small Scout on Our Front Or Otherwise Reieive us in the 
Premises as in your Great Wisdom Shall Seem meet & }' r 
Pet 7 " as in Duty bound Shall ever Pray. 

James Wheeler Abraham Leman 

William Neivens Thomas Neivens 

William Colburn Benjamin Hopkins 

Robert Colburn Isaac Farwell 

Jonathan Taylor Stephen Haslton 

Samuel Leman John Burns 

Samuel Leman Jun r Thomas Mordow 

In Council May 13 th 1747 read & ordred to be Sent Doun to the 
Hon b ' c House. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 

(I)The town of }fonson lay adjacent to Amherst, and was afterwards incorporated 
with it in part. — Ed. 






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__ 
HampshireT } In the House of Representatives 15 th May 1747. 
Voted That in answer to y two annexed Petitions Viz : that of Sou- 
hegan West <$: that of Monson, His Excellency be desired to give orders 
for inlisting or impressing fifteen good executive men to Scout .x: guard 
under proper oficer or oncers s l Souhegan West Sz Monson "til y* 
tvventyeth of octo r next if need be & that s^men be shifted once a month. 

D. Peircc Clk. 
Eo ira Die In Coun !1 read and Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Eo dai Die Assented to 

B Wextwokth. 



Petition of AfoHseri, for annexation, d'C 

Province of New ) To His Excellency Benning Werrtworth 
Hampshire . ) Esq Gov" &c & To the Hon'"- His Majes- 

tys Council the day of 1 7^4. 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of the town 
of Monson Humbly Shczvs 

That there is a tract of Land of about the Contents of seven 
Thousand acres Lying on the North of Monson and adjoyning 
Included by the following Bounds, viz 1, to begin at Monson 
Northeast Corner and to Run North by the Town of Merry- 
mac Two miles and the next Station to begin at the North 
west Corner oi Monson S: to Extend north two miles and from 
thence a Strait line to the end of the aforementioned Two 
mile, and to Bound Southerly on Monson afores d . On Which 
Sundry Familys are Settled & would be of accomodation & 
Convenience te Monson to have them annexed and Incorpo- 
rated with Monson and would with that addition make it but 
about five miles and an half in Breadth one place with the 
other that Sundry of the Inhabitants of the s l Tract hath 
together with this Petitioned your Excellency & Honors to be 
annexed and Incorporated with us. (And as we apprehend 
would be of Great Convenience to them. & help to tis.) 

Wherefore we most Humbly Pray that your Excellency and 
Hon" would be pleased to annex and Incorporate the s l Tract 
with the Inhabitants Thereon to the town of Monson & your 
Pet rs as in Duty Bound 'Shall ever Pray 

Benjamin Hopkins^ 
Robert Coleup.n [-Selectmen. 
Benjamin Farley J 
Elisha Towne William Colborn Jun 

William Neuens Ebenezer Ball 

Benjamin Kenrick William Colborn 

Secur Farwell J°hn Burns 

Thomas Xeuens Josiah Crosby 

James Wheler Nathan Hutchinson 

Thomas Powers Benjamin Hopkins Junr. 

Thomas Wool ley 

few more that has not sin'd 



TOWN PAPERS — AMHERST. 1 1 

Petition of Monson to be exempt from taxes. 

Province of New ) To His Excellency Be nhing Wentworth 

Hampshire J Esqr Gov r &c. the Hon !e his Majestys 

Council! & House of Repres ves Convened In Gen 11 Assembly 

Humbly Shews The Pet n of the Inhabitants of Monson 
That Whereas they Have Reed a late Order to render into the 
Sec retarys Office an Invoice of their poles & estates in order 
for apportioning the taxes Which we have done, and Woud 
Further beg leave to Remonstrate Our Infancy & Inability to 
bear any part of the publick Charge at present. 

That there is but thirty, six poles in the Whole, Several! of 
them transiently hired for a short space to Labour or other* 
ways there without any Estate : but twenty one Houses Cheirly 
Small .Cottages only for a present Shelter the Charge of 
Building yet to Come on. 

That they are ail plain men Dwelling in these tents, Hus- 
bandry their Employment their Improvements very small, 
their Lands yet to" Subdue. The Progress much Retarded by 
their Necessity to work out of town the prime of the year or 
at Other Business to procure provision Tho the town is part 
of Old Dunstable it has always till now bin a frontier and 
Remained a totall Wilderness till within a few years the 
Owners under no Injunction of Settlement the Land very 
antiontly Granted to Gent' in farms, & part of the Divisions 
of Dunstable Comon who still hold the Greatest part and 
Continue unimproved by Which means the few seders are 
scattered all ab* v the town much Labour has & must be spent 
in Opening and making Roads & Bridges Causes &c that are 
of Present Necessity, a burthen of it self too Heavy for the 
Strength of the small weak nomber that is there, in the late 
war at the expence of Garisoning Scouting & Defending 
themselves Besides many Other charges they have & must go 
thro so therefore apprehend themselves utterly unable to Bear 
any part of the publick taxes as yet, but hope their Small 
Begining in time may become usefull if they may be nurssd & 
favoured now In their Infancy 

Wherefore your Pet" Humbly pray that they may be Con- 
sidered in this" their Infant & Chargable State k that they may 
not be taxed, till they are of ability to go thro their own neces- 
sary- charge and when that shall be they will Chearfully 
Contribute according to their Power & shall ever pray &c 
In behalf of y e Inhabitants 

Benj 1 ' 1 Hopkins ) Selectmen 
Robert Colburn J of Monson. 

Prov X Hamp r April 25 1753. 

. The within Petition read <k ordered to be Sent Down to the Honb la 
House of representatives- 
Theodore Atkinson Secy. 



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Petit lo?i for annexation. 
Province of ] To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr 
New Harap j Governour cScc the Honorable his Majestys Coun- 
cil 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of a trace of 
Land north of and adjoining to Monson Lying with no Incor- 
poration of any town or District Humbly Shews — 

That the Town of Monson in this Province is situated in 
Length East Sz West near eight miles k in Breth but about 
four . miles & is Bounded on the Northerly Side by Souhegan 
River Both Sides of Which River is in the General Fruitfull 
& Profitable Laud for Corn and Grass 

That if the Limits of the Town of Monson afores a Were 
Inlarged on the North so as to add & Include the Following 
tmct viz. to begin at the Northeast Corner of Monson on 
Sowhegan River & extend North by the line of Merrymac 
Two Miles, & to begin the next Station at the Northwest cor- 
ner of Monson. afors 1 & to Run thence North two miles and 
strait line from thence to the two mil's end first menshioned 
and to Bound to the old Bounds of Monson Which will be an 
addition of about seven thousand acres and will Make the Said 
town of Monson in the Genereal about five miles & an half In 
Bredth. 

That the said River is Small and many Bridges are New 
and must Continue to be kept in Repair so that the Said River 
is of no 111 convenience to the uniting the Incorpoiation as 
afors ' Sz will be for the Accomodation of Monson ; Severall of 
us has for many years ben Settled there & at Heavy Expence 
made Our Improvements 

That we have not had the benefit of any Incorporation in 
any Town, nor see any Present Prospect unless wee are anexed 
to Monson 

That Monson then will be upwards of seven Miles the North 
Line and Lands to the North of them not Incorporated, so that 
it Can be noPredjiduce to any Incorporation of any number of 
people for the Future the Land Generealv alike and Chiefly 
Good. 

Wherefore your Petition 5 " 9 most Humbly Pray That your 
Excellency & Hon" woud take ye premises into Consideration 
and be pleased to annex & Incorporate the tract afore 5d with 
the Inhabitants to Monson as one Corporate Town & your 
Petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever pray. 

John Shepard William Peabody 

Andrew Bradford Israel Towne 

his Thomas Williams 

Achelaus * Wilkins Richard Gould 

mark John Edmonds 

John Eversden Edward Beming? 

John Hutchinson 
Edward Beming (?) junr 



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TOWN PAPERS — AMHERST. 13 

Petition of Amherst for cut extension of its Charter iy6i. 
To His Exelency Ben'mg Wentworth Esq 1 Governor in chief 
in and over His Majesties Province of New Hampshire and 
to the Honorable the Counsell. 

The Memorial of us the Subscribers the Select Men of the 
Town of Amherst in the Province aforesaid. Humbly shew- 
eth that we with the Lowest Submission Sollicitously pray 
that your Exelency and Honours would lengthen out the life 
of the Charter of our Town and we doubt not but your Ex- 
elency and Honours in your Great wisdom k. Clemency will 
do it during the Kings pleasure and so your Memorial. sts as in 
Duty bound will ever prav. 

Reuben Mussey ~\ Selectmen 

Tho s Wakefield [- in behalf of 

William Peabodvj the Town. 



Amherst Dec r y 1 ) 
15th 1761. * / 

N. B. We the Subscribers Select men of the Town of Am- 
herst Nominate and appoint Col. John Goss Esqr to represent 
to his Exelency the Governor and the Honorable Counsil our 
Memorial above specified to prolong our Town Charter. 

Province of) To the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives for 
New Hamp j* said Province — 

There was a vote in the House of Representatives January 
2S t:i 1 761 That the Selectmen of the Oldest adjoining Town 
to anv Town Parish or District where no Select men were 
should take Inventory of such Town &c and be paid by the 
Province Pursuant thereto We took Inventory of Lyndebor- 
ough and sent the same to the Sec ry as Directed by the afore- 
said vote — The taking of which Inventory took us Two Days 
of hard Service (there being Considerable of Snow on the 
Ground at the time when we were obliged to do it) And 
there is Justly Due to Each of us New Tert r one Pound Ten 
Shillings per day To' £9 : o : o which we doubt not but you 
will Immediately Grant & allow. 

Decern' 30 th 1763. William Peabody ~\ Selectmen 

Robert Read >■ of 

Jn° Shepard junr j Amherst. 
Province of Tin the house of Representatives Jan'y 20 th 1763. 
New Hamps j This Ac'ct beinLj Read 

Voted that there be allowed nine pound new Tenor, and paid to Se- 
lectmen o( Amherst or their order Out of money in the Treasury for 
Continuances. 

A Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 
Read & Concur'd 

T Atkinson junr Secry 

Consented to B Wentworth. 



14 . - .. NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Memorandum of some proposals for an Accommodation Be- 
tween the Selectmen of Monson & Amherst Viz. the Town 
of Amherst to take or have Annexed the following extent or 
part of Moxison Namely begining at the Northeast Corner of 
Monson & Running Southerly on the East Line of said Mon- 
son Two miles then Running a Line paralell with the North 
Line of Amherst to the west line of Monson Then northerly 
on the westerly line of said Monson to the northwest corner 
thereof Provided the Town of Holies will take or have an- 
nexed the residue of said Monson. 

April y e 20th 1763. We the subscribers consent to the 
above proposal 

Benj 3 Kexr-ick ~\ Selectmen 
Daniel Kexrlck > of 
Josiah Crosby ) Monson 

Holies April 2S' h 1763 
Samuel Cumings "} Selectmen Robert Reed 1 Selectmen 



Francis Worcester > of Samuel Stenard 

Stephen Webster j Holies Tho* Wakefield 



m r «i 

Daniel Campbell 
]n° Shepard jua r j Amherst 



Letter of Rev. Dajiiel Willdns of Amherst relating- to a 

Shire town iti the fro-posed division of the Province into 

Counties. 

1 Oct. 1767. 
To the Hon bie George Jaffery Esq 1 * in Portsmouth 
Hon d & Dea 1 Sr 

After due salutation, I beg leave to inform your Hon r that • 
the proposal of the General Court that Merrimack be the Shire 
Town of the' County on the West side of Merrimac Rivet- 
has raised a general uneasiness throughout the whole County 
evin many thinking men in Merrimac itself (as I have been 
credibly informed) are well satisfied that if the Proposal be es- 
tablished it will be greatly to the Town Damage in general, as 
they are small in Number, consisting of seventy odd Families 
no more and them exceeding much scattered and many of the 
number on New Places and no ways accommodated to enter- 
tain a Court especially with Hay & Pastoring, neither do they 
ever expect to be well accommodated with the Primeses as 
great Part of their Land is poor and clothed with shrubs the 
uneasiness of the People arises from the said Proposals not 
being for Amherst rather than Merrimack Not only as Am- 
herst has been talked of for a Shire Town evin from Its Infancy 
thereby fixing the minds of the People upon it, but for its sit- 
uation Nearer the Hart of the County so that many Towns can 
come from Home in the' Morning" and return Home in the 






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Evinlng that cant possibly do the like if the Court be at Mer- 
rimac, arid thereby save a great deal o( Charge to poor People 
and novv S T I beg leave to give a Description of Amherst in a 
iV'w'Words : It is Situate about Eight Miles from Mr Lut- 
w vie he's Ferry on Merrimac River the contents of which is 
abotit six miles Square containing about one Hundred and 
sixty Famelies and accommodated according to men of the 
best Judgment to settle an Hundred Families at least, more 
than is already settled, and near an Hundred of them good 
Country Farms Well accommodated with fields and Pastures 
and chiefly all good Flusbands the Middle of the Town pJeas- 
antlv situated, a good coach Road to it from the Eastward and 
Southern Parts of the Province and all Roads centering there 
The People in general knowing the situation and accommoda- 
tions of Amherst to entertain the Court suppose that the Gen- 
ieral Courts proposal for Merrimack sprung from a mis-Repre- 
sentation. 
The occasion of these lines to your Hon r was the cries of the 
People and to besr leave to subscribe vour humble servt. 

Daniel Wilkins. 

Amherst Oct y e I st 1767. 

P : S : S r I must beg leave to tell your Hou r that Mr. Wil- 
lard a son of Coll Willard of Winchester and one Mr. Hall 
was at my House the Last Evening ' as agent for Keen and 
other towns towards the great River to desire that the Shire 
Town might be Amherst and likewise that there is a general 
uneasiness of its being at Merrimack and also Walepole as that 
every town save two would be greatly Discommoded if the 
Court was had at Walepole and not at Keen and also beg the 
favour of its being established at Keen as Keen will much best 
commode the People in General or at least that his Exelency 
with your Hon" would grant them' Liberty to bring Down the 
minds of the People. 

D. :W 



Vote of Jtlonson for a Division, <&c. 
Province of ) 

New Hampshire. / 

At a Legal meeting of the inhabitants of the Town of Monson 
in said Province held on monday the ninth day of april 1770 
Voted that Nathan Hutchinson and Will'" Nevins be a Com- 
mittee to petition the Governor and Counsil of said Province 
for the following Division of the Town of Monson viz. Be- 
aming att the northeast Corner of Monson then extending 
South, by, the Town of merrimac two miles then dew West to 
the West line of said monson then North to Souhegan River 
then down Said River to the Bounds first mentioned to be an- 



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nexed to Amherst and the Remainder of said Town to Hollis. 

B'enj* Kenrick Town Clark 
Copy Attest Benf Kenrick Town Clark 
Petition for a Division and- Annexation. 



To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq 7 Cap 1 General and 
Comander in Chief in & over his Majestvs Province of New 
Hampshire and To the Honorable his Majestys Council of 
said Province 



The Subscribers being a Committee duly appointed by the 
Inhabitants of the Town of Monson in said Province to Peti- 
tion your Excellency and Honors to divide-said Town of. Monson 
as hereinafterwards Expressed viz : Begining atr the North 
East Corner of -Monson then Extending South by the Town of 
Merrimac two miles then dew West to the West line of said 
Monson then North to Souhegan River then down said River 
to the bounds first mentioned to be annexed to Amherst and 
the. Remainder of said Town to Hollis Humbly beg leave to 
suggest that the Lands in and about the Center of said Monson 
is so very poor Baron Brooken and uneaven as cannot admit of 
many Settlers so that those Families that are in Town are al- 
most all planted in the Extreem parts of it We therefore 
conceive that if a Division were made as above mentioned the 
Interest and good of the people in it would be much promoted 
thereby Especially as we have no prospect of ever Building a 
Meeting House in the Center or else where any ways to ac- 
comodate us by which difficulties we think the Gosple will 
not be settled among us while in the present Situation we 
therefore pray that the above Division may be made and we as 
in Duty bound will pray 

Nathan Hutchinson 
William Neven-s. 



Petition to be disamiexed from Amherst. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Captain General 

Governor and Commander in chief in & over his Majestys 

Province of New Hampshire, And the Honorable his 

Majestys Councill. 

The Petition of the Subscribers, being Inhabitants of the 
Southwardly part of Amherst in said Province most Humbly 
sheweth. 

That the town of Amherst is about nine miles in length (by 
reason that about half the Town of Monson was of late an- 
nexed to it) and is capable of being Divided into two Towns 
or Parishes, without Prejudice to or Spoiling the same ; That 
many of the Subscribers live in that pare of Amherst, which 



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TOWN PAPERS A.MIIERST. I 7 

was lately Monson, & our being annexed to said Amherst was 
contrary to our desire ct Interest ; that we are so remote from 
the Center of Amherst, that it is (& ever will be) with great 
Fxpence inconvenience & difficulty to us and our Families, to 
attend publick worship, by reason of the distance. That many 
of our Estates are not so valuable by reason of our being an- 
nexed to Amherst,, for before that, our Situation was nigh the 
Centre of Monson, & on that account purchased our Land, at 
a dear rate, & Monson being Annihilated, our Situation (many 
of them) is now more inconvenient than before, unless we can 
obtain your Excellency's, & Honors Interposition. 

Wherefore we humbly .Pray, that your Excellency and 
Honors would set us off from said Amherst, and Invest us 
with Town Priviledges, by the following Bounds & lines, viz, 
beginning at the Southwest Corner of what was formerly Am- 
herst, thence Northwardly by the west line of Amherst one 
mile and an half, Thence East untill it comes to the East 
line of the Town of Amherst. Thence Southwardly by said 
East line of Amherst untill it comes to the North line of the 
Town of Holies, Thence Westward!}* by the North line of the 
Town of Holies, untill it comes to the North west corner 
thereof. Thence Northwardly, by the West line of said Am- 
herst untill it comes to the Bound first mentioned, or Grant us 
any other Relief, that your Excellency & Honors, in your 
Wisdom be Goodness shall Judge most convenient, & your 
Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray. 
Amherst Jan'y 26 th 1 771 . 
Benjamin Hopkins James Hopkins 

William Wallace Stephen Williams 

Beniamin Hopkins jun" Gardner Gowen 

Joseph Gould William Jones Jr 

John Burns junr Nathan Tutde 

Kbenezer Hopkins Benjamin Jones 

George Burns Joseph Farnum 

Richard Gould John Burns 

Caleb Jons Jonathan Towne 

Thomas Towne Amos Whittemore 

Abr.er Hutchinson David Duncklee 

Robert Parker Josiah Burroughs Jun 

William Taylor Isaac How jun 

Jonathan Button Jonathan Grimes 

Isaac Powers Bartholomew Towne 

Petition of Amherst against the division of the town. 
Filed Feb 4 th 1771 
1 771 To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq 7 Captain 
General Governor &c. of the Province of New Hamp-^ 
shire — And to the Honorable His Majesty's Council of 
said Province 
The Subscribers Inhabitants of Amherst in said Province. 



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Humbly Shew that for more than twenty years last past a 
Number of persons living on those Lands lately known by the 
Name of Monson, but more lately Joined to said Amherst not 
having a Minister settled among them, nor accommodations 
sufficient for that purpose (as they said) very constantly at- 
tended the worship of God with us in said Amherst not Doing 
anything with us towards our Meeting House nor towards the 
Support of our minister exeept some Small private Donations 
made to our minister. However they Repeatedly Requested 
our Town to Consent to Receive them. Promising to meet at 
any place that the maj r part of the People should fix to Build a 
House on, whereupon our Town after Repeated Sollicitashons 
to Receive them gave their Consent — And your Exeliency &: 
Honors sometime in July last saw lit to Aggregate about one 
half of said Monson To said Amherst, soon after our Town 
Saw it necessary to Build a "Meeting House and voted to Doit 
(our Present Meeting House being Small and insufficient for 
the old Town & said new Addition) the most of the People of 
the New Addition were present some voted in the ArYermative 
some in the Negative, but they began to think that the Charter 
Subjected them to the same Duties with us of the old Town, 
that they must Defrey some part of the Charge in Building and 
so forth and not only so but must Do something towards sup- 
porting our minister, these Reflections affected some of them 
very Sensibly ; they had not been acquainted with anything of 
the kind, they were Ready to Construe it as a Degree of Per- 
secution & the like, And to Remedy this evil they are about 
Petitioning to have our Town as it now lyes Divided into two 
Parishes which we think cannot be Done without a manifest 
Injury to more than three Quarters of the Town, a very con- 
siderable Quantity of Land in our Town is barron. and Poor 
and will not admit of two Parishes ; besides it lyes in Such a 
Situation by reason of a River & Hills that the whole of the 
People may more conveniently meet at one Place, the place 
Pitched upon than at any two Places in the Town (of which 
the Gentlemen that Exhibit this will inform,) we would only 
add that if the Town is made into two Parishes it will tend 
very much to the Ruin of our minis r Therefore pray that if 
such their Petition should be prefered the prayer thereof may 
not be granted And y r Petitioners as in Duty bound will Pray. 

Ben^ Taylor Daniel Wilkins y e 3d 

John Davis Jacob Hildreih 

John Smith. Isaac Weston 

Will'" Walton David Hildreth 

Jonathan Lamson Nathan Kendal 

Ephraim Hildreth James Clark 

Jacob Curtice ' J cn n Secombe 

Daniel Campbel Hez h Lovejoy 

Benj v Shepard Amos Flint 



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."OWN PAPERS — AMHERST. 



19 



John Barns 
'John Wiikins 
|n° Shepard jun r 
Israel Towne 
Enos Upton 
Enos Bradford 
Sam 1 Stuart 
Eze< Holt 
Je h Cumings 
Benj 11 Ellin wood 
Reuben D Mussey 
Benjamin Clark 
Stephen Peabody 
Thomas Avarel 
Thomas Avarel Junr 
Jedediah Ellinwood 
John Hartshorn 
Jacob Standi j 
Isaac How 
Eben' Holt Jun T 
Reuben Mussey 
Francis Lovejoj 
Nathan Fuller 
Amos Green 
John Washer 
Stephen Washer 
Bray Wiisen 
Amos Truel 
David Truel 
John Shepard 
Hczekiah Duncklee 
Joseph Duncklee 
Robert Read 
Moses Nichols 
Jonathan Wiikins 
Joseph Lovejoy . • 
Jn° Averil 

Timothv Mackintire 
James Woodbury 
Peter Woodbury 
Joshua Abbott 
Acha ! Towne 
W m Bradford 
James Seetowne 
Hugh Ross 
Joseph Small 
John Michell 
Sam Wiikins 
Sam Lamson 
Asa Farnum 
Mcse- Towne 
Eben' Ellinwood ]■ 
Rolandson Ellinwood 
W : « Small 



Josiah Kidder 
Ebenezer Weston 
Sam 1 Dodge 
Kendai Boutwell 
David Williams 
John Steward 
James Gage 
Samuel Lamson Junr. 
Tohn m'Clenche? 
Benj a Wiikins 
Nathan Phelps 
Francis Eliot 
Thos. Carlton 
James Hartshorn 

- ■ George Wiley 
Ebenezer Holt 
Reuben Holt 
Will" 1 Steward 
Will™ Melendv 
■ Tho 3 Wakefield 
Joseph Bouttell 
Benj a Davis 
Tho ; Clark 
Jonathan Small 
Andrew Bixebe 
Samuel McKeen 
Nahum Bald wing 
Andrew Davis 
Elisha Felton 
Joseph Ellinwood 
James Cochren 
Joseph Bouttel 
Reuben Bouttel 
Thomas Bouttel 
Amos Bouttel 
Jonathan Lund 
Simson Steward 
Sam 1 Stearns 
Timothv Smith 
W* Odeli 
John Dunckle ' 
Joseph Prince 
Moses Walton 
John Seetown 
Josiah (?) Petingiil 
Benj 14 Kenrick 
Eben r Ellinwood 3d 
Eben r Ellinwood 
Bart h Dodge 
Thomson Maxwell 
Timothy Nichols 
Peter Goss 
David Hartshorn 
William Hogg 
John Hartshorn 

127 Signers 



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Vote of Amherst Relative to Monson April 10 1766. 

At a Legal Meeting of the Town of Amherst in the Province 
of New Hampshire Held on the Tenth day of April A. D. 
1766, 

Voted that the following part of the Town of Monson, with 
the People thereon, may be annexed or joined to this Town, 
and enjoy all Priviledges and imunities in comon with the same 
viz Begining at the Northeast Corner of said Monson from 
thence South by the Town of Merry mack two Miles from 
thence due West to the West Line of said Monson, then 
North to Souhegan River so called, then Down said River to 
the bounds first mentioned. Upon the following Condition 
and not otherwise, that is to say they the People of said Mon- 
son to be at the Expence of Geting die Thing Done 

John Shepard jun. Town Clerk. 
Copy Attest John Shepard jun Town Clerk 



Petition of foil. Shepard junr in behalf 'of Amherst 
fan 26, 1 771. 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Capt. Gen : Gov- 
ernor &c of the Province of New Hampshire To the Hon- 
ourable his Majesty's Council of said Province. 
The Selectmen of Amherst in the same Province, Beg leave 
to inform your Excellency and Hon™ that a Number of those 
persons that Inhabit those Lands formerly Called Monson but 
lately joined to said Amherst have lately signified their inten- 
tion of Prefering a Petition to your Excellency & Honors, in 
which they should pray to have said Amherst Laid into two 
parrishes And some of them are so Sanguine about it as to 
suppose the thing may be Done at first asking without Noti- 
fying the Town of it, if so it must be submitted to, but the 
Petitioners are Humbly of Opinion that such a proceedure 
must be very Detrimental to by far the greater part, even more 
than two thirds of the People, and being bound to think that 
your Excellency & Hon 18 cannot be prevailed with to do any 
thing Tending to hurt the Civil and Religious Polity of any 
Incorporation Therefore in behalf of said Town Pray that if 
such their petition should be prefered as aforesaid that previous 
to granting the Prayer thereof The people of said Amherst 
may be Notified and heard thereon And your Petitioners will 
Pray By Desire of said Selectmen. 
Dated 26 th January 1771 . 

John Shepard Jun Town Clerk. 



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TOWN PAPERS AMHERST. 21 

Petition for a Road from Charlest&wn to Amherst 1773. 

To His Excellency John Went worth Esq r Governor and Com- 
mander in chief in and over His Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire and Vice Admiral of the same 

To the Hon bie His Majesties Council, and to the Hon ble His 
Majesties House of Representatives In General Assembly 
Convened 

The Petition of Jotham Blanchard In Behalf of Himself 
Reuben Kidder Esq r and Others Humbly Sheweth that your 
Petitioners are at great Inconvenience as to roads from Charles- 
town (in said Province) to 'this Metropolis, that Your Petition- 
ers Humbly Conceive a Road may be made from Charlestown 
Through the Towns of Acworth, Lemster Campden Monad- 
nock number seven to that Tract of Land known by the name 
of Masons Proprietors Reservation, or Society Land, that the 
same road maybe Continued toPetersborough, & Lyndsborough 
to Amherst where there is sufficient roads to any Part of this 
or the neighboring Governments, and your Petitioners Pray 
Your Excellency and Honours to Cause an act of said Province 
to be made and Passed, for the said road to be surveyed and 
made Passable Through said Town in the most direct manner 
Possible and that Your Excellency and Honours would ap- 
point a Committee of Two or more Men Capable of surveying 
and making said Road at the Cost and Charge of the Proprie- 
tors that owns and Holds the Land in the said Towns, and that, 
shoud those Proprietors Refuse to pay said Cost and Charge 
that the Lands within said Towns may be subject to be sold in 
such Proportion as may pay the same or in some other way 
which may appear to Your Excellency and Honours to be most 
Conducive to the facilitating the Settlement of those New- 
Towns which are in their Infancy as to their settlements, and 
Pray that Your Excellency and Honours To Take the forgoing 
Petition into Your Wise Consideration and Grant such Relief 
as Your Excellency and Honours in Your Great Wisdom shall 
think Best and Your Petitioners shall ever Pray. 

Jotham Blanchard. 

May 13 th 1773. 

Petition of the County of Hillsborough 1774. 

Province of \ HiHsbo h ss 

~>e\v Hampshire J ° 

To the Hon b:e The Justices of His Majestys Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace Holden at Amherst within and for said 
Countv on the 17 th Day of August A D 1773 by adjourn- 
ment from the first Thursday next following the first Tuesday 
of July 1773— 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Freeholders of the Respec- 
tive Towns of Amherst, Hollis, New Ipswich, Nottingham 



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West, Dunstable, Litchfield, Merrymac, Bedford, Denyfield, 
Gofifes Town, Dunbarton, Hopkinton, Weare, Mason, New 
Boston, Lyndsborough, Wilton, Temple, Peterborough, Bos- 
cawen, Salisbury and Hennikar all in said County which said 
Petitioners are Agents Legally Chosen and Constituted for the 
said Towns, Whereof they are Freeholders and Inhabitants 

Humbly Shews That in the Month of Septem r 1772, an ac- 
tion was brought by John Holland of Amherst aforesaid 
Yeoman (a Deputy Sheriff for said County) against one Joseph 
Keliey of Nottingham West in said County Gentlemen, Re- 
turnable at the then next Inferior Court of Common Pleas to 
be Holden at Amherst aforesaid for said County in October 
A D 1 77 3 who for want of Bail was Committed to his Majes- 
ty's Goal at Amherst aforesaid That the said Inf* Court action 
came on to be tryed at Oct r Court aforesaid at Amherst, and 
the said Kelly then a prisener Moved by One Mr. Stephen 
Searles his attorney that he might either have Liberty to be 
present at the Tryal of that Cause and some others then and 
there pending wherein he the said Keliey was a party, or that 
said Causes might be Continued until he could be present. 

Notwithstanding which their Honours the Justices of the 
said Inf r Court Ordered the said Kelly to be Defaulted, and 
enter' cl Judgment against him in favor of said Holland for the 
sum of <£S3 Lawful Money or thereabouts, Damages & Costs, 
and the said Keliey being confind in said Goal by Virtue of a 
Writ Issuing out or* s d Court was under the protection of the 
same That to call him Out without giving him the power of 
being present was Requiring an Impossibility and that the said 
Cause ought to have been Continued by the said Court officially. 

That on the 14 th Day of October a D 1772 said Kelly with 
one John Thorn who was confined in said Goal for Debt, made 
their Escape out of said Goal 

That this Hon 1 ' 1 * Court at their adjournment in June last 
upon application by s'd Holland, made a Grant to him of £83 
Lawful Money 0/thereabouts for s'd Judgment Obtained as 
aforesaid as your Petitioners Humbly conceived to be paid out 
of the Monies of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of s'd 
County That s'd Kelly before the s'd 14 th Day of October 
had nearly Effected his Escape That the Sheriff of said 
County- accepted of a Guard (Order d by this Hon bU Court) 
for the greater safety of the Prisoners that he had from time to 
time placed a guard as your Petitioners are informed Dismissed 
s d Guard on the evening of the 13 th of the s d October, 

That your Petitioners are Likewise informed that s d Kelly 
frequently gave out that he Intended to make his Escape on 
the s d I4 rh Dav of October. 

That your Petitioners apprehend that the s d Sheriff was very 
negligent of his Duty not attending the Goal himself, and suf- 






TOWN PAPERS AMHERST. 



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tiering all his Deputys & Servants to be oat of Town on s 1 
Day. 

That the Towns your Petitioners have the Honour to Repre- 
sent with the lesser Ones, have very cheerfully borne the charges 
& Expenses of the County afors d hitherto ; which have amounted 
to Divers Large Sums. of Money, and are still willing to bear 
the Necessary Charges & Expenses of s d County and even for 
the Escaped aforesaid, were they not apprehensive that some 
unfaithfulness or undue Practice was the sole cause of said 
Escape. 

That the good and Wholesome Laws of this Province give 
to M r Holland and other Claimants other good Remedys for 
Recovering their Demands without Burthening the County. 

Wherefore Your Petitioners as Agents for the several Towns 
afores'd which make the greatest part of the County aforesaid 
Humbly Pray that your Honours would suffer your Petitioners 
to State with Evidence the Notorious Facts before hinted at, 
and be heard by Council on the Premises — And that youi 
IIon ri will be pleased to reconsider the Grant aforesaid made 
to s'd Holland and direct the Treasurer of s'd County not tc 
pay the Same and be Tended(j) of making further Grants on 
account of s d Kelley & Thorns Escape — and your Petitioners 
as in Duty Bound shall ever Pray. 

Amherst aug* roth 1773 

Benj« Kennick \ Committee from Amher st 

Daniel Campbell j 

William Xevens \ 

Nath 1 Ball v Committee from Holies 

Elnathan Blood J 

Isaac How \ Committee from Ipswich 
Tim' b arrar j r 

Abraham Page ) Committee from Xottingh. West 
ZSehemiah Hadley J 

James Blanchard") 

[on a Lovewell V Committee from Dunstable 

Joseph Whiting j 

J ohn f^rker „ I Committee from Litchfield 
Daniel Kendall j 

Jon. Blanchard } 

John Neal > Committee from Merrymac 

William Alld j 

James Martin Committee Man from Bedford 

James McCalley Committee Derryfield 

James Karn ) Committee from Goffs Town 

Moses Little j 

Caleb Page Committee from Dunbarton 

Stephen Harriman \ Committee from Hopkinton 
- Christopher Gouid j 

Jon- Dow < I Coram ittee from Weare 

bamuel PhilbricK j 



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2 4 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Abijah Allen ") 

David Blodgett J- Committee from Mason 

Reuben HosrrerJ 

Archibald McMillan ) „ ._ e 

James Caldwell J Committee from New Boston 

John Stephenson") ,-, .,_,_ _ , , 

Nath 1 Phelps | Committee from Lyndsborough 

Jon" Martm ) Chosen by the Major part of the Freeholders 

William Abbott Jrj of Wilton 
John Cragin Ir > n ... c _, 

Samuel Howard J Committee from Temple 

William Smith ") ~ . n 

John Young J Committees from Peterborough 

Henrv Gerrish ) r , ... _ _ 

Peter Kimball /Committee from Boscawen 

Jonas Bowman Committee from Hennikar 

Ebenezer Webster 1 n ... r ,-. . 
'Joseph Bean J Committee for Salisbury 

Copy Attest 

J. Holland. 

^ Aug j* iS ffi A D 1773 at his Majesty's Court of General Ses- 
sions of the Peace held by adjournment the Question was put 
whether the Court would Issue an order to the treasurer to 
revoke the former order arid it passed in the Negative Ordered 
therefore that the petition be Dismissed. 

Copy Attest J. Holland. 
This Petition is Dismiss'd. 



Petttio?i relating to Monson. 

To the Honerable Council and House of Representatives in 

Genera! Assembly convein'd for the State of New Hampshire 

the second Tuesday of June 17S2. 
The Petition of the subscribers Humbly Shew? 

That your Petitioners Inhabitants on a tract of Land Lying 
between Sowhegan River and the town of Hollis (according 
to its first Charter) which tract was once incorperated into a 
Township by the name of Monson but at the time such incor- 
pation took place, the inhabitants thereof were but few in 
number and unable then to Suport the Charge of a town and 
Comonly attended public Worship at Hollis and Amherst. 

That about the year 1770 a proposal was set on Foot for 
Monson to be devided and by new Charters anexed to the said 
towns, but notwithstanding the same was considerably opposed 
by many of the Inhabitants Both of Monson and Amherst the 
. same has taken place and your Petitioners have been at much 
Public Expeiice in said Towns by reason of being anexed to 
them. 



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TOWN PAPERS — -AMHERST. 



That the Contents of Monson are at least five miles Square 
ami the Land as good as Land Generally is in this part of the 
Country and is now become considerably settled and increases 
davly in Improvement and inhabitants, and are now able to 
Reap the Benefit of an incorporation if they might Obtain such 
a favour as they now consist of at least eighty five Familys. 

That your Petitioners are not unacquainted of a certain Peti- 
tion's Now being before this Assembly Signed by a number of 
persons residing in what was formerly Monson, Join'cl by a 
Number Living in Amherst (according to the first Charter) 
Praying for Certain matters as in the said Petition is Mentioned 
and as the Matters Contained in these Petitions are of much 
importance to both setts of Petitioners a Consideration of this 
their request Previous to a final determination of the Petition 
ahore»aluded to may Produce such a Law as will reconcile all 
parties and promote their Weal, Peace and Concord. Your 
Petitioners therefore most Humbly pray that your Honers will 
Take the Premises* (in all its parts) under your wise Consider- 
ation and Give them Leave to bring in such a Bill as wilt Place 
the Antiant Town of Monson in its former Situation as to 
Boundaries, and invest them with such, Priyiledges and imuni- 
ties as other Towns in this State hold and do Enjoye Your 
Petitioners can't think a Motion of this kind will be opposed 
by either of the Towns of Hollis or Amherst as they are large 
both as to extent and inhabitants, & should your Petitioners be 
so fortunate as to have a Bill passed in their favour as to an 
incorporation they will be Willing still to pay towards suport- 
ing the Gospel in the respective Towns they now belong to till 
they shall Maintain Preaching among themselves a very Con- 
siderable part of; the time and as this Honerable Assembly can 
have no other thing in view but the Peace and good Order of 
all parts of the State they represent your Petitioners are en- 
couraged to hope for a grant of their Request in such a way 
and manner as shall seem best to your Honers and your Peti- 
tioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c 

Dated Amherst May 23d 17S2. 



Josiah Kidder juner 
Nehemiah French 
Eenj :l Messer 
Joseph French 
Joseph Wood 
Ivory Hovev 
"WilHam French 
Oliver Bowers 
Jerathmeel Colburn 
William French j r 
William Patten juner 
Robert Perkins 
Timothy Emerson 
Silas Spaulding 



Jonas Shattuck 
Ebner Gibson 
Eleazer Usher 
John Stearns 
Timothy Emerson Junr. 
Jonathan Lovejoy 
David Duncklee 
David Wallingford 
Simeon Blood 
John Stearns Jun r 
Edward Foster 
Stearns Needham 
Joshua Clark 
John Whiting 



20 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Josiah Kidder John Dutton 

Daniel Kidder Abraham Leman 

Jonat 1 Danibrth Jonathan Spaulding 

Jotham Steams William Peacock 

Thomas Emerson Benjamin Emerson 

We the Subscriber's think the foregoing requested incorpo- 
rations will be more for our and the public good than the 
privileges asked for in a former petition now depending before 
this Honorable House to which we were subscribers, and 
therefore humbly request that the same may be granted in 
preference to the matters contained in the said'former petition. 

Stephen How 
Samuel How. 
Dated May y e 23d 17S2. 



ATKINSON AND PLAISTOW. 

[For a number of papers relating to these towns .see Plaistow, on subsequent pa^es. 
Atkinson was one 0: the first towns incorporated under the administration of Gov. 
John Wentworth. The charter bears date 3d September, 17ti7.— Ed.] 

A Petitio7i from Plahiow. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 

Commander in Cheat" in and over his Majesties Province of 

New Hampshire in New England, and to the Honourable 

His Majesties Councill, and to the Honourable House of 

Representatives in Generill Court assembled &c. 

the Humble Petition of us the Subscribers inHabitance of 

the North West Part of the town of Plaistow in s d Province 

Humbly sheweth that we are so Remote from the Place of 

the Publick worship of God in said town of Piastow that we 

cannot attend the same without Great Difeculty and whereas 

we are very convenient to the Place of the Publick worship of 

God in the town of Hampstead. we therefore Humbly Pray 

your Excellency and Honours to take our Dificult Case under 

your wise Consideration and if in your wisdom you should 

think Proper to Set of s d Northwest Part of s d town of Piastow 

the Line to Run from the Pine in Cloughs meadow (so called) 

South westerly to .a white oake tree near Cornet John Ingalls 

barn thence on the Southerly side of his Land to his Southwest 

Corner bounds and from thence Still South westerly to the 

Bridge over Providence brook near John Curriers house at 

Salem Line and so by Salem Line to Hampstead Line & so to 

the first Bounds and Annex us to the s' 1 town of Hampstead you 

will Greatly oblige your Humble Petitioners and they shall as 

in Duty bound Ever Pray &c. 

Dated Piastow april y e 11 : 1766. 



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TOWN PAPERS — ATKINSON. 2j 

John Kelly . Benjamin Phllbrick 

Nathan Watts Thomas Little 

Benjamin Richards Jun. John Ingalls 

Micaiah Moriel Reuben Mills 

Joseph Brown Ezekiel Belknap 

Joseph Chandler James Little 

John Morrill Moses Kelly 

Thomas Chaney junr. Moses Brown 

Moses poor Thomas Whitaker 

Benjamin Emery . Moses Whitaker 

Province of ) In Council June 26 th 1766 Read Sz Ordered to be Sent 

New Hamp / down to the Hon bU Assembly 

T. Atkinson Jun r Sec'y. 



Province of ) T ,, TT ,- , . • T ^,, ,* 

v - u ie r* n the House ot Representatives June 26'' 1 1760. 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on the within Petition the second 
Day of the siting of the General Assembly After the first Day of Sep- 
tember next and that the Petitioners at their Own Cost Cause the 
Selectmen of Plastow to be Served with a copy of this Petition and 
order of Court that they may shew Cause if any they have why the 
Prayer thereof Should not be Granted 

M. Weare Clk. 
In Council Eodem Die 

Read 5c Concurr'd T. Atkinson Junr. Secry. 



To the Selectmen of the town of Plastow : — Gent' 1 

We the Subscribers Desire that you would Put into the 
warning of our Next Town meeting To See if the Town will 
Joyn with that Part of our Parish that Live on the South Side 
of the Province line to Chr.se a Committee to fix a place for a 
meeting House To Stand that shall be most convenient for the 
s d town & Parish in so Doing you'll much oblige your Humble 
Petitioners. 
Aug 10 th 1764 
John Knight Benj a Hale 

Abel Merrill Joseph Knight 

William Bradly Enoch Noyes 

Abel Merril ju r Oliver Knight 

John Merrill Stephen Knight 

Natlv Knight Joshua Knight 

It is by the Desire of Several that hav r nt yet signed. 






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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Request of the Inhabitants of Plaistovj to the Selectmen, 1 764. 
To the Selectmen of the Town of Plastow, Gents. 

We the Subscribers Desire that you would forthwith warn a 
meeting of the Inhabitants of s (l town & Put into the warning 
of s d meeting to see if the Town will Joyn with that Part of 
our Parish that live in Haverhill & vote that the meeting 



House foi 



r s' 1 Parish Shall Stand in the Center of the same : 



if not voted ; 2 To see if our town will vote to Sett a meeting 
House in the Center of s d town : if not voted 

3 To see if the town or Parish will Chuse a committee to 
Place the meeting House, for us according to their Discretion 
In so Doing you'll greatly oblige your Hu-mble Petitioners 

Moses Belknap. 



Sep r 18 th 1764- 

Tristram Knight 
James Little 
Ezek//rt_^ Belknap 
Moses Kelly 
Stephen Dole 
John Ingal.ls 
Reuben Mills 
Joshua Keil y 
Benjamin Emery 
John Stevens 
Natir 1 Watts 
David Currier 
Joseph Hale 
Jesse Page 
Benjamin Richards 
Daniel Richards 
Benja Richards Jun. 
Benj Stone Jun r 
Aaron Copp 
Robert Greenousfh 
Rbert (?) Morrill 
Joseph Knight 
John Merrill 
Tristram Knight 
Oliver Knight 
John Kelly 
Enoch Xoves 
Benja Hale 
Benj Stone 
John Trusell 
Jonathan Hunt 
Stevens Merrill 
Joseph Smith 



Abner Plumer 
Peter Harriman 
John Harriman 
Moses Greenough 
Joshua Knight 
John Dow 
Stephen Whittaker 
John Morrill 
Micajah Morrill 
Thomas Whitaker 
Stephen Knight 
John Dow Jun r 
Ebenezer Knight 
Richard Brown 
William Brown 
Samuel Little 
Joseph Little 
Leonard Harriman 
Nehemiah Heath 
Edmund Page 
Thomas Whitaker 
Stephen Whitaker 
Benj- 1 Richards Jun. 
John Morrill 
Miciah Morrill 
Jon a Poor 
Daniel Poor Jun. 
Stephen Knight 
Oliver Knight 
Asa Page 
Joseph Noyes 
Samuel Little 
John Dole 






TOWN PAPERS — ATKINSON. 



29 






Pet it lo7i to be set off as a Parish. 
To His Excellency BenningWentworth Esq : Captain General 

and Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Province of New 

Hampshire ; To the Honourable His Majesty's Council, and 

the Honourable House of Representatives. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Westerly part of the 
Town of Plastow' Sheweth, that by reason of the many & great 
difficulties they undergo in attending the Publick Worship of 
God, at the Meeting House where it now stands, through the 
great distance of their dwellings therefrom, and that Meeting- 
House is not large enough to Acomrnodate more than One 
Half of the Inhabitants of said Town — 

And as it would be greatly to the Benefit of your Petitioners 
and prevent Strife and Discord among the Inhabitants, and also 
tend to the advancement of the Gospel, your Petitioners humbly 
request that the Westerly Half of said Town may be set off as a 
Distinct Town, or Parish, the Dividing Line to run as follow- 
ed!, Viz. Beginning at the North East corner of Benjamin & 
Ebenr Hale's Land, from thence running a straight Line to the 
Bridge near Ebenezer Eaton's, from thence running by the 
Brook unto the Road near David Bryant's and from thence 
running by said Road unto the Province Line. Your humble 
Petitioners desire your Excellency and Honours to take our 
Case into your wise Consideration and grant us that Relief and 
Benefit which to your Wisdom Shall Seem meet. And your 
Humble Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall ever Pray 



Plastow Maj- y e 20 1766. 

N. Peabody 
Joseph Parker 
Ebenezer Eaton 
James Noyes 
Marv Hale 
Daniel Richards 
Moses Belknap 
Nath el watts 
John morrill 
Micajah Morrill 
Josep hill ordway 
William Brown 
Joshua Emery 
Jonathan Whittaker 
Eben r Hale 
Tristram Knight 
John French 
John Dow- 
John Dow Jr. 
Jesse Page 
Benjamin Richards 
Edmund Page 
Thomas Whittaker 
David Currier 



Stephen Knight 
Nathaniel Page 
Ebenezer Chaplin 
Joseph Page 
Asa Kaseltine 
Joseph Noves 
John Knight 
Thomas Noyes 
Nath Knight 
Benj !1 Haie 
Joseph Knight 
John Merrill 
Joshua Knight 
Samuel Little 
John Brown 
Enoch Noves 
Richard Brown 
Ebenezer Knight 
John Knight Jr. 
Oliver Knight 
Stephen Dole 
Moses Whittaker 
Daniel Hadley 



Daniel Hadlcy against the division of Plaistozi\ 1766. 

To the General Court for the Provence of New Hampshire 
I would Inform your Honours that it is very much against my 
mind that the town of Plastow Should Be Devided or made 
into two Towns or Parishes for the Petition that was Entred 
with your Honnors the 26 Day of June Last that I signed I was 
over Persuaded to sign the Constabel Promising me that if I 
would signe said Petition he would [wait] a Grate while one 
me for my Rates which I then owed to him. 

Plastow December 12 th 1766. 

Daniel Hadley. 



fosJuia Emery against the division of Plaistozv. 

To the General Cort for the Provence of New Hampshire : 
I would inform your Honnors that it is my mind that the town 
of Plastow should be cept to Gether as it is at this Day and 
the reason of my signing a pettition that I signed that was 
Entred in the Cort June 26 Last past was Because they told 
me that a part of our town was a Going to be Enexed to Ham- 
sted which I am very much a Gainst. But I should be very 
willing chat they that Have Signed to Go to Hamsted might 
have Liberty to pay their minester Rate at Hamsted for eight 
or ten year if it is their Desier. 

Joshua Emery. 

Plastow Jenuery 1, 1767. 






30 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Prov- e of Tin Council June 26^ 1766 read & ordered to be Sent 
New Hamp J j down to the Hon Ue Assembly 

T. Atkinson Junr. Secy. 
Province of ) In the House of Representatives June 26" 1 1766 The 
New Hamp re / within Petition being Read and Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard thereon the Second Day of the 
Siting of the General Assem-bly after the first Day of September next 
and that the Petitioners at their Own Cost Cause the Selectmen of 
Plastow to be Served with a Copy of this Petition and Order of Court 
that they may Shew Cause if any they have why the Prayer thereof 
should not be Granted 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council Eodem Die 

Read & Concurred , T. Atkinson Secy. 

At a Legal Town meeting Holden at the meeting house in 
Plastow October y- 9, 1764 Capt. Jonathan Carlton was 
Chosen moderator 

Then Voted That the meeting house Should Stand Whare 
it Now is Ten years 

A True Coppy Taken out of the Town Book of Records 
Jonathan Kimball Town Clerk 

Plastow November y e 3, 1766 . 



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TOWN PAPERS — ATKINSON. 3 1 

New Hampshire. In the House of Representatives Aug 26, 1767 

The Petitioners being heard on this Petition and also the Objections 
bc:\rd and Considered. 

Voted That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted and that the Peti- 
tioners have libertv to bring in a Bill accordinglv. 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council, August 2S h 1767 

Read 6: Concurred T. Atkinson Jun T Secy. 



Memorial or letter of sundry inhabitants of Haverhill to 
the town of Plaistow, 1767. 

Bretheren — though By ye Devition Line Between the 
provinces we were Seperated from you yet By indulgence from 
ye masechusets we have continued to worship with you & 
cherfuily to pay our proportion t towards the rnaintainance of 
ye Gospel & after the Death of our former minister we united 
with you in the Settlement of another whom we Justly Esteem 
Sz Venerate and in considisention to a Number who apeared 
uneasy about the Situation af the meeting House we united 
with you in the choice of a committee & were at considerable 
Expence in Hopes to Give them Satisfaction. They Not Being 
Easy Have obtened a Devition af your Town Taking away By 
farr the Best Part of the Land your Numbers Being hereby 
Greatly Deminished many of those Left Being of a Sectarien 
Spirit, these and many other things Being considered we cant 
But Earnestly Entreat that as you value the interest of Religeon 
you would by Every proper method seek Imediate Rcleaf from 
those who we trust will Delight to promote Both your Civill & 
Sacred interest. Otherwise we fear you will be So Devided 
that we shall be obieged to Seperate from you & seek to be 
united to Some other Neighbor Sosiety the most Distant tho't 
of which we heartily Deplore Being perfectly Satisfied with 
our Beloved pastor who has Devoted Himself to y- work of 
y'-' Gospel ministry among us & in whose ministry you & we 
have Enjoved the utmost Satisfaction & Delight. 

We are vour sincere & affjctionate well wisher. 
• To v- Town clerk for plastow to be comuncate to y e 
inhabitants of plastow. 

Haverhill North parish Decembr 10 th 1767 
Benja* Clement William Bryant 

Isaac Snow Richard Harriman 

Caleb Cushing James Russell 

Nathanel Johnson William Attwod 

Mark Emerson Moses Cushing. 

Nath e1 Rolfe 
Jonathan Eatten 



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Information from Plaistozv. 
To his Excelency Benning Wintworth Esq 1 " Govcnour & and 
to the Honourable his majesties Councill and to the Hon- 
ourable House of Representatives in generall Court as- 
sembled &e„ 

this is to Inform your Excelency and Honours that we the 
Subscribers Inhabits nee of the town of Plastow do Judge it 
highly Reasonable and we think it will be for the peace of s d 
town of Plastow to set of our brethren at the northwest Part 
of s l town and annex them to the town of Hampstead the Line 
to Run from the pine in Cloughs meadow (so called) South 
\Vesterlv to a white oak tree near Cornit Ingalls Barn thence 
on the Southerly Side of his Land to his South West Corner 
Bounds, and from thence still South westerly to the bridge over 
Providence Brook near John Curriers house agreeable to their 
Petition as witness our hands 



Dated Plastow April 

Nicolas White* 
James White 
Thomas Follamsbe 
Abraham Chase 
Nathaniel Cheney 
William Folensbe 
Nathaniel Bartlet 
Josiah Coops 
Samuel Heath 
Thomas Stevens 
Samuel Kimball 
Thomas Chaney 
Ephraim Emerson 
Jonathan Eatton 
Stephen Woodward 
Peter Clement 
Daniel Heath 
Dustin Chanev 



II : 1766 

John Chaney 
James Chaney 
Moses Stevens 
John Bradly 
Joseph Harriman junr 
John Heath 
Abner Harriman 
Moses Jackman 
Benjamin Kimball 
Humpherv Noves 
John Hall 
Aaron Copp 
Jonathan Stevens 
Moses Page 
Daniel Whi taker 
Daniel Hadley 
Jacob Heath. 



Joseph Page against the division of Plaistozv 1767. 
To the General Court for the Province of New hampsher 
I would inform your Honers that it is my Desier that the 
Town of Plastow might Be cept to Gether as it is at this Day 
for the Reasons of my signing a Pettition that I signed that was 
Entered in the General Court June 26 Last Past was Because 
thav told me that a Part of the Town of Plastow was a Going 
to Be Ennexed to the Town of Hampsted which I am very 
much a Gainst my Desier is that it may Be left to Gether as it 

is at this Day 

Jqseph Page. 

plastow february 16, 1767. 



TOWN PAPERS — ATKINSON. 33 

Ebrtr Eaton against the division of Plaistovj 1767. 
To the General Court for the Provence of New hampsher — 

I would inform your Honours that it is my Desier that the 
Town of Plastow might be cept to Gether as it is at This Day 
lor the Reason of my signing a Petton that was Entred in 
the Gineral Court Last June was Be cau^e I was over Per- 
suaded, .After Consideration I se it will be Grately to the 
Towns Damage there fore I Desier your Honers that you 
would not Grant said Pettons : not the suner for my signing 
.s ! Pon But my Desier is that the Town of Plastow may 
Be cept to-Gether as it is at this Day. 

Ebenezer Eatton. 

Plastow March 7 1767. 

Province of New Hamshire — 

To the Honorable Generill Court 
May it please your Honores that whereas Some time past I 
Signed a petition that the Town of Plastow Might be Divided 
being then Misinformed this therefore is to Desier your Hon- 
ores Not to take any Notice of My Name in that petition for I 
am of the opinion 'tis Best for the Town to remain as it is at 
present 

Your Honores Humble Servant 

Joseph Parker. 

Plastow Aprill 13 th 1767. 

Petition of inhabitants of Plasters for annexation. 

Province of V 

New Hampshire j 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq T Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire &c to the Honourable his Majestys Council^ and 
House of Representatives of said Province in General Court 
Assembled : the Memorial of a Number of the Inhabitants 
of Plastow in said Province Humbly shevjeth 
That whereas bv an act of the general Court Part of the 
Town of Plastow lies Lately been Set off, and made a new 
and Destinct Parish, and whereas Several Persons included in 
Said New Parish Have Petitioned to be annexed. to the Town 
of Plastow: w=e the Subscribers Inhabitants of said Plastow 
beg leave to inform your Excellency & Honours ot the Rea- 
sons why we Prav their Petition may be granted. 

We beg Leave to acquaint you that if Said New Parish does 
Not Contain a greater Quantity of Lands than is Lett in said 
Town of Plastow, as we are not Certain but it does, yet it is 
very well Known that the Lands in y e former taking a justEs- 



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timate pf Quantity and Quality tog-ether are by far more valu- 
able then Those of the latter, upon which account we in this 
Town are certainly laid under very great Disadvantages. Per- 
mit us further to observe to you/Excellency & Honours that 
near one-half if not y e -Majority of the Inhabitants of Said 
Plastow are either Professed Babtists or so far favourers of 
them as usually to Concur with them in opposing and Coun- 
teracting every necessary Measure Respecting either the Sup- 
port of our Minister or y- Peace & good order of y e Town 
so that without Some Helps, we see no Probable or even pos- 
sable way in which either the one or y" other can be Contin- 
ued among us in any tolarable Degree. 

We ask leave moreover to inform the Honourable Court that 
the North Parish in Haverhill in Massachusetts Province have 
hetherto ever Sence our first Incorporation into a Town 
Shared with us in Ministerial Charges and Privileges and ap- 
pear willing to Continue with us in Case the fore said Petition 
be granted, so that their may be a better Prospect of Peace & 
order in Said Plastow ; whereas if we Continue in our Present 
weakened and Devided State we have the greatest Reason to 
fear they are fully Determined to Seperate from us ; in Conse- 
quence of which Seperation we are at once irrecoverably De- 
prived not onlv of their Proportion of y e ministerial Tax, but 
Dispossessed of y ' Parsonage Buildings & land, the greatest 
Part by far of which lies in Said North Parish, and which we 
have hitherto enjoyed only by Vartue of our Connection with 
Them we Therefore earnestly Pray your Excellency and 
Honours to take the affair under Consideration and grant Such 
Relief for the Said Petitioners and for us as you in your wis- 
dom Shall Think best and we as in Duty bound Shall ever 
Pray 

Plastow Dec r y e 3, 1767. 

John Hall Ephraim Emerson 

Thomas Follamsbe Dustin Chaney 

Nathaniel Bartlet David Brvant 

Ezekiel Gile Nicolas White 

Peter Dow Jonathan Kimball 

Abraham Chase Benjamin S. Pettengill 

Josiah Copp Benj Hale 

Isaac Heath Jacob Trussel 

Nathanel Smith Nathaniel Knight 

Daniel Gile Joseph Knight 

Benj a Kimball John Knight 

Benjamin Davis Abel Mirrili 

Nathan Giie Abel Mirrili Jun 

David Carleton John Mlrili 

John Heath Humphrey Noyes 

John Bradley Humphrey Noyes Jun 

Moses Bartlett Robert Greanough 

John Chaney Moses Greanough 



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'OWN PAPERS — ATKINSOX. 



JO 



Richard Greanough 
JlhcMcxer Eatton 
Aaron Coop 
ames Little 
N a tha n Lei Peabody 
Stephen Xoves 
Jonathan Stevens Jun 
[ohn Brown 
Samus! Little 
Nathaniel Little 
John French 
Joseph French 
Ebenezer Knight 
J<iN ;; 'ph Knight Jun 
Joshua Knight 
Mica! Chaplen 
Enoch' N'oves 
James Noyes 
Robert Heath 
Joseph Xoyes 
Thomas Xoyes 
Caleb Xoves 
Asa Page* 
James White 
Ebenczer Johnson 
Joseph Parker 
Sam'' 1 Lowel 
John Lowel 
Richard Bi-own 
Daniel Poor 
William Brown 
Benj Philbrek Jun. 
Eben r Chaplen 
Jon alh Poor 
Josiph Daves 
Tristram Knight 
John Knight Junr 
Jonathan Stevens 
Oliver Knight 
Eiipalet Knight 
Stephen Knight 
Jonathan Whitaker 
John Dow- 
John Dow Jun. 
Moses Dow- 
Jo ha than Page 
Daniel Page^ 
Beni Richards 
Daniel Richards 
Joseph Richards 
Bradley Richards 
Edmund Page 
Te-se Page 
Xath- Page 
Benj Emory 
EI dad In gals 
John tngals 
Joseph Hills Qrdway 
Stephen Dole 



John Dole 
Richard Heath 
Thomas Little 
Thomas Little Jun. 
John Kelly 
Moses Kelly 
William Kellv 
Reuben Mills* 
Jonathan Eatton 
John Webster 
Israel Webster 
Daniel Poor 
David Poor 
Jeremiah Poor 
Daniel Zvlerrill 
Moses Page 
James Page • 
Joseph Page 
John Webster Jun. 
Jonathan Webster 
Timothy Page 
William Webster 
Samuel Webster 
Daniel Whittaker 
Daniel Hadley 
David Currier 
Joseph Hale 
Timothy Page Jun. 
Eh' Page 
Xatha Wats 
Xativ Burpey 
Jeremiah Burpey 
John Morrill 
Micajah Morrill 
Stephen Whittker 
Moses Whittker 
Thomas Whittker 
Benj Richards Jun. 
Josenh Emerson 
Benj* Philbrick 
Josep Philbrick 
Joseph Parmer 
Thomas Chaney 
Asa Harriman 
Joseph Chanier 
Moses Poor 
Joshua Kelly 
Moses Belknap 
Ezkiel Belknap 
Jacob Page 
Mical Tinney 
John Emorson 
Joseph Little 
Joshua Emory 
Benj Emory 
Tames Mirrill 
Timothy Ladd 
Asa Haseltine 
Currier 



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6 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Thare is 130 mens Heads above sixteen in the west end of the town 
of Plastow. 
Thare is Eighty Seven Famelys in the West of the Town of Plastow. 



m 



Petition, of Sundry Persons to he Polled from Atkinson to 

Plastow. 
Province of \ 
New Hampshire / 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Capt. general 
Governor and Commander in Cheaf in and over his Majes- 
ty's Province aforesaid &c and to the Honourable his 
Majestys Council and House of Representatives in general 
Court assembled at Portsmouth 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Humbly Shews where as 
there has been Lady Part of Plastow set off and made a New 
and Seperate Parish Bounded according to Cartain Lines 
which goes by the Name Atkinsonton in which we with our 
Estates falls into y * Said New Parish our Prayer and Request 
to this Honourable Court above mentioned is that whereas 
we have heretofore assisted in Building a meeting house a 
Pasonneg house and have Now a minister Settled in Plastow 
according to our Principles and Minds Therefore our Desier 
and Request is that we with our Esiates may be set off from 
Said New Parish and be anexed to the old Parish or Town of 
Plastow that we might be and Remain as heretofore 

we therefore Pray that your Excellency and Honours will 
Take The mater under Consideration and grant such Relief 
for those who Desier to be set oft' as afore said as you in your 
wisdom Shall Think best and we as in Duty Bound Shall 
Ever Pray 

Plastow Sept. 1767. 

James White Moses Page 

Moses Greenough Daniel Poor 

Jonathan Eatton Jonathan Page 

John Webster John Webster j r . 

Israel Weiss ter Daniel Poor Junr. 

Jonathan Webster Stephen Noyse 

William Webster Samuel Kimball 
Daniel Whitaker 

{Province of ) In the House of Representatives Sep. _ 24 th 1767 
New Hampshire /The within Petition being Read and Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard thereon the third day of the 
Siting of the General Assembly after the first Day of November next 
and that they serve Mr. Thomas Noyes who is appointed to call the 
first irneeting in said Atkinson with a Copy of this Petition And Order 
That Objections ma-v be made to granting" the Prayer of the Petition if 
any there be M. Wears. 

In Council Eodem Die 
Read & Concurr'd 

T. Atkinson, Secy. 



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37 



K^HaSpSre} 111 the House of Representatives Feb. y* 12, 1768 

The within Petition being Considered and the Parties fully heard 
thereon 

Voted That the Petitioners James White & Samuel Kimball have 
liberty to Pol! off they and their Estates to belong to the Town of Plas- 
tow and the other Petitioners have liberty to Poll off they & their Es 
tates to belong to the Town of Plastow respecting Ministerial affairs 
only «i: the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

•M Weare C\ r 
In Council Feb'y. 1768 

The above read and the Parties being heard 

Voted a Concurrence with this amendment That all the s' 1 Petitioners 
Excepting James White and Sam' Kimball remain to the Town or Par- 
ish of Atkinson as tho' no petition had been preferred 

Geo. King Depy Secy. 

\ ;w Hampshire 1 ^ n ^ ie ^ ouse °*" Representatives Feb 26 th 176S 

The above Vote of Councill Read and Concur'd and the Petitioners 
While and Kimball have libertv to bring in a Resolve accordingly. 

M. Weare,'Cl r 



M-jmorial of Sundry Inhabitants of Plaisiow against hav- 
ing- a town set off from t/iat, 1767. 
To Excellency bening wintworth Esq r governor and com- 
ander in cheaf in and over his madgstes Provence of new 
hampshire in new ingland and to the Honorable his mad- 
gesties council and to the Honourable house of Representa- 
tives in generall court assembled 

To the humble Petition of us the Subscribers in Habitans 
of the Town of Plastow Humbly Pray your Excelency and 
oners to Tak our Dhicelt Case under your wise considerateon 
and we Petioners Humbly Pray that your honners would not 
grant the Petition that was sent in order for a town or Parish 
to be taken out of the said town of Plastow the Reason why 
is because there is great quantity of wild Land in s d town that 
is oned bv other Towns People and a great quantity of wild 
Land oned" by Said town wherefore we are no waies able to 
be a parish by our Selves and in So Doing you will greatly 
obblige . your humble Petitioners and they shall as in Duty 
bound Ever Pray &c. 

Deted Plastow febuary ; 13, 1767 

Benjamin Philbrick Joseph Palmer 

Benjamin Emery Thomas Chancy Tuner 

Joseph Chandler Moses Poore 

Joseph Kimball Wid, Mary Little 



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3$ NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Report of a Committee of the town of Plaistow abt. this 
meeting house, 1766. 
We the Subscribers having been Chose a Committee by the Inhab- 
itants ot the Town of Plastow in his Majestvs Province of New Hamp- 
shire and the Inhabitants of the north Parish in Haverhill in the Prov- 
ince of the Massachusetts Bay who Congregate with the Said Inhab- 
itants of Plastow to State the Place where Their meeting House Shall 
Stand for the Future Have attended that Service, by Viewing the Sev- 
eral parts of Said Town and Parish agreeable to the Desire of the In- 
habitants of both, and heard the Respective Parties with Respectto the 
Premises: and after Serious Consideration of the affair with a train of 
Circumstances attending the Same too long to enumerate. Do Report 
that our opinion is that the most Suitable Place for the meeting House 
to Stand at present, is where their meeting House now Stands being 
fully of the mind, That the Starting or Determining any other Place for 
that purpose, will be attended with worse Consequences to Said Inhab- 
itants than that we have Reported 
Plastow Mar h 20 ;h 1766. 

Thomas Rowell] 
Sam 1 Emerson j 
Ebex 1 " Stevens - Committee 
Joseph Frye 
Clem c March j 
To the Town Clerk of Plastow to be Communicated to the Inhab- 
itants of said Town at their meeting by adjournment on the first 
Wednesday in April next 
Mar. 2o T: , 1766 

Corn te,!5 Report. 



Sundry Pcrso?is of Plastoxv Desire to have the Toz>:7i Still 
remain undivided. 

Plastow Decem r 30 th 1766 
To the General Court of the province of New Hampshire 

These are to inform your Hon rj That whereas there was two 
petitions Sent to the general Court the twenty sixth of June 
Last past in order to be considered at the next setting one to 
have the town Divided the other to anex a part to Hampstead, 
we the Subscribers Living within the Limits of s d petitions, 
are Desirous that Neither of them may be granted inasmuch 
as we think that it will very much Damnify the town at pres- 
ent for we Look on ourselves and the inhabitants of this town 
unable at present to maintain two ministers of the Gospel but 
inasmuch as there is a considerable Quantity of unsettled Land 
in this part of the town which is chiefly own'dby men belong- 
ing to other towns we are in hopes that in a few years we may 
be able and in the mean time we are willing that these that 
have petitioned to be anexed to Hampstead should attend the 
Publick worship of God and have Liberty to pay their minis- 
ter Rate there for the term of Eight or ten years tjil we are 



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TOWN PAPERS ATKINSON. 



39 



able to be two parishes and credibly to maintain two minis- 
ters tor these Reasons we Desire that things may Continue 
as they are at present and in granting this our Request you 
will greatly oblige us and we think greatly benefit this town 
and as bound in Duty shall ever pray. 

Israel Webster Robert Greenough 

John Webster Moses Greenough 

William Webster Daniel Poor Jun 

Daniel Whittaker Jonathan Page 

Jonathan Eatton Jonathan Poor 

John Webster Jr. Daniel Page 

Moses Page Humphrey Noyes 

James Page . . Daniel Poor 

David Poor Aaron Copp 

Jonathan Webster James Little 
Stephen Noyes 



Asa Hazeltine against the division of the town of Plaistov:. 

Province of ~| ~> ., TI r „ r> t /~> i. r o ~j Tt 

X-. iiw; w w „ -To the Honr' General Court for Said Province. 

iSew Hampshire; ) 

Whereas I the Subscriber Did sine a Petetion to The General 
Court to Have the Town of Piastow Divided inco two Towns 
(s' petition bars Date June y' 20 f '- 1766) I was over per- 
s waded by one of the Petitioners To Do it He Told me if we 
Did Not Git Divided part of the Town would Sartanly be set 
off to Hampstead and would spoyl the Town from Ever mak- 
ing Two it is not my mind Nor Never was to have the Town 
Divided at Present only for the above Reasons and Pray that 
it may be kept together 

Asa Hazeltine 

Piastow Jan r y. e 1, 1767. 



No. of People in Atkinson, and Piastow. 
1767 or 3. 

Piastow Hath 576 People Atkinson Hath 476 Peoph 

Rateble Heads 142 Rateble Heads 11S 

Rateble Land 421 Acres Rateble Land 401 Acres 



Province of V r ^ ff ^ q£ Representa f lves Februarv 27* 176S. 
JNew Hampshire J t " 

Upon Reading & Considering the Petition of James White k Samuel 
Kimball both of Atkinson in Said Province with Several others to have 
leave to Poll off from said Parish of Atkinson to the Parish or Town of 
Plaistow both the Polls & Estates—after fully hearing the Parties con- 



r 



40 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



cerned and duly Considering all Circumstances Resolved and Voted 
That two of the Petitioners Only Viz. James White and Samuel Kim- 
ball have Liberty to Poll off from said Atkinson to Plaistow aforesaid 
with their famillys .& Estates both Real & Personal and shall hereafter 
be Estimated taken & adjudged to be part of <$: to belong to the said 
Town of Plaistow and shall be adjudged Liable & Subject to all duties 
Taxes and orders of Said Town as much as and in the same manner as 
other Inhabitants of Said Town in Proportion to their Estates Saving 
that their future Purchases of Real Estate shall belong to the Town or 
Parish where they lay 



In Council March 16 176S 
read & Concurred 

George King Dcp. Secy. 



Assented to 



P. Oilman Speaker 



J. Wentworth. 



yames White's Reasons for zvisliing to remain in the town 
of Plaisto-w. 

The Subscriber for the fplowing Reasons prayes that he 
may not be set of from The Town of plastow 

for that I have Been at a Considerable cost for the Building 
of the meeting house Thare and Lately In Repairing of it. 
That my land laves near the one half of It In haver 11 north 
parish the land where my Buildings Stands comes within 
about half a mile of plastow meeting house 

James White. 



List of Baptists i?t Plaistoiv. (Supposed) 
Those that Profess themselves of y e Baptist Perswation 
which in all Parrish afairs have appeared against y 8 Peace Sc 
welfair of our minister and his society are as follows : 



Joseph Flint 
Daniel Emerson 
Nehemiah Heath 
Abner Piurnmer 
Job Eatton 
Bartholomew Heath 
Joseph Harriman 
Joseph Harriman Jun. 
James Blv 
Joseph Smith 
Jonathan Smith 
John Pollard 
Daniel Aver 
Simon Follansbe 
Edmonu Pi Is bury 

The Hole of ye Inhabitence B 
F,ated in v- Last minister Rat 



Joseph Welch 
John Copp 
Moses Orway 
Enoch Johnson 
John Stevens 
Stevens Merrill 
Ebenezer Noyes 
Selvenes Noyes 
Moses Stevens Jun. 
Stephen Flanders 
Samuel Welch 
James Huse 
Samuel Dow 
John Trusel 
Widow Dow 
ides the above mentioned which was 
which has Ben made are 70 Seventeen 



of which "has ben taken Notice in Town meetings tojoyn with y c Bap- 
tists in voting 4 of which are widows & some stands as Nuters. 



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TOWN PAPERS—BARRINGTON, 

HARRINGTON. 



4i 



[This town wm incorporated 10 May, 1722.-~- Ed.] 

A List of the original Proprietors of the Town of Barrington 
with the Rate which each man Paid & by which the Quantity 
of Acres each man had is ascertained at the rate of two Pence 
pr acre & also the number of Each Lot as the Same was 
drawn by each Prop r or his Constituent 





The Pboprietoks Names 




Acres 


Rods 
wide 


rate 






£ 


S 


1 


Henrv Keese 


270 


135 


2 


5 


.) 


Thos Ham mett 








w 


30 




10 


3 


Tohn Moor 








72 


36 




12 


4 


Francis Rand 








60 


30 




10 


5 i 


Benja Gamblin 








330 


160 


2 


15 


6 ! 


Eieazr Russell 








96 


48 




16 


7 ! 


Widow Hatch 








60 


30 




10 


8 ; 


Edward Cater 








120 


60 


1 




y , 


Win White . 








90 


45 




15 


10 ! 


Itevd Rogers . 








360 


ISO 






Ji ' 


Tames Libbv . 








120 


60 


1 




12 


Sand Allcodk. 








210 


105 


1 


15 


13 


Jno Roberts . 








210 


10.5 




15 


U \ 


3aml Hart 








ISO 


90 




10 


15 ! 


Jno Shaekford 








210 


10.5 




15 


10 i 


Joseph Humes 








1.50 


75 




5 


J7 i 


Wm Wai'ren . 








60 


30 




10 


18 < 

19 1 
•20 


Jno Shores 








60 


30 




10 


DnccrBalev . 








96 


48 




16(?) 


•21 


Win Bridghaia 








96 


48 




16 


o-> 


Agttis Russell 








30 


15 




5 


23 


Thos Phips . 








300 


150 


2 


10 


24 


Richd Wibird 








660 


330 


5 


10 


•_>,", 


Tii 03 We^tbrook 








300 


150 


2 


10 


26 


Win Cotten Junr. 








120 


60 


1 




-' 


Peter Oreeley 








120 


60 


1 




28 


Ephm Dennet 








360 


180 


3 




29 


Widow Hunting 








108 


54 




IS 


30 


Hen Sherburn Jun- 








90 


45 




15 


31 


Win Lowde . 








192 


96 


1 


12 




JhoPlaisted . 








414 


207 


3 


9 


53 


Joseph Moses 








72 


36 




12 


4 


r>onj;i Langley 








96 


48 




16 


5 


Jno Savaee ". 








72 


. 36 




12. 


I 


Robert Armstrong 

Bishop 
Joseph Pitman 








240 


120 
36 


2 


12 


38 








78 


39 




13 


39 


Thos Gotten . 








00 


45 




15 


40 Thos Bams . 








96 


48 




16 


41 Stichl Kennard 








ISO 


00 




10 


42 


fVm Knight . 








330 


165 




15 


4.} 


I'no Clark. 








84 


42 




14 


(4 


Hum Landell 








120 


60 






4.5 


IdPendexter 








96 


48 




16 


46 


i-ho Lear 








108 


54 




18 


47 


Jthro Furber 








72 


36 




12 


4- 


pteplien («reonleaf 








120 


60 






41) 


iSijphen Lang 








120 


60 






SO 


dlibdCuT . 








72 


36 




12 


51 


jWi l)W Walker 








is 


24 




8 


K 


\Wvaxr Jncfcaan 








90 


45 




15 


.Vj 


WajiradfiBn 








ijjj 


36 




12 


54 


Wiou-Tapley 








120 


60 


- 




• S3 


BeUj Akerrnan 








120 


60 


1 


- 


5*5 


Isam-Hinka . 








72 


36 


12 






\ 






1 



42 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 





















! 








• 
















Proprietors Names 


Acres 


Rods j 
wide 


rate 


< 




£ ! 


S 


57 


Jenry Sloop er 


276 


138 


2 i 


6 


58 j r 


L'honias Sibson ' . 








ISO 


90 


1 1 


10 


SO '■' 


Phos Main 








72 


36 




12 


60 Thos Crocket 








78 


39 1 


1 


13 




m \ 


Tait.es Spinney 








120 


GO 


1 j 




| 


62 ' 


SdwardC'ate 








120 


60 


1 






63 j 


Uk-hd Waterhouse 








180 


90 


1 i 


10 




€4 ' 


Richd Cross . 








120 


60 


1 i 




\ 


65 ; 


rhomaa Avre 








150 


75 


1 i 


5 


' 


66 ! 


Real-en Abbott 








72 


36 




12 


! 


67 j 


Capt Wm Gotten 








150 


75 | 


1 


5 


\ 


69 ! 


Tn :» Brewster 








150 


75 i 


1 


5 




CO 


Tno. Hooper 








eo 


30 




10 


70 i 


Jo-iah Clark 








120 


60 


1 




71 ! 


Wni Ariose . 








72 


36 




12 


< 


72 < 


Tn<> Hill 








96 


48 




16 




73 i 


Edward Toogcod 








144 


72 ] 


1 


i 


74 ! 


Saml Hewett 








108 


54 ; 




18 




75 j 


Alex Den net 








ISO 


90 j 


1 


10 


76 ; 


Mat! ew Nelson 








150 i 


75 i 


1 


5 


\ 


77 1 


Natal Tuckerman 








132 


66 | 


1 


o 


78 i 


Tim Davis 








91) 


43 ; 




16 


■ 


70 


J o n a tii an S toodly 








120 


60 


1 




80 j 


Geo. Lmiiil . 








84 


•12 | 


14 


\ 


81 | 


Ed Philiins . 








.54 


V 


9 




83 IJno DerevsoB 








-•> 


36 ! 


12 


63 i.Jo~o: h Fannin 








9b 


$ I 


15 


64 Abraham Libby 








72 


36 1 


12 




85 Sami Banfield 








180 


90 | 1 


10 


83 


Charles Brown 








54 


% 1 


.; 




87 


Thoa G-reely . 








72 


£>0 ; 


12 




83 


Wm Parker . 








240 


120 ! 2 






89 


Sampson Babb 








240 


120 | 2 




i 


yo 


Tno Lang 








126 


; & 1 1 


I 


91 


Tim VVaterhoij.se 








150 


75 j 1 





i 

i 


92 


Henry Deck . 








72 


36 


I *i 


93 


SamfHam 








156 


78 1 


6 




94 

<;5 


Abraham Barns 
Widow Almary 








B0 

30 


| 


10 
5 


96 
97 


Jno Kobersoii" 
Anthonv Row Junr. 








144 
72 


1 ' 


! it 

12 
,5 


\ 


98 

ft) 


Geo Walker . 
Edward Cate Jan. 








72 
150 


1 i 




100 
101 


Joseph Miller 
Riehd Waldron 








90 
2] 8 


45 

108 ! 1 


If 




102 


Tho- Harrey 








150 


75 ! 1 


■> 




103 


Sarai Sherburn 








120 


60 j 1 






104 
105 
106 


Walter Warren 
Wm. Cross 
Jos Allcock . 








120 
168 


60 
36 

81 


1 
1 


1 

i s 

! » 




107 
108 
109 
110 


iTiios Beck 
Jacob Lavia . 
Caleb Grafton 
Jno Churchill 








90 

30 
60 


45 

36 
15 
30 
120 
90 
6i) 






111 

112 

113 


Doctor Pike . 
Ambs Slooper 
Jos Mbalton . 








240 
180 
13S 
150 

73 


1 

1 
1 


10 

i l 
s 

15 

' 15 
14 
12 

% 

16 

I 12 
5 




114 


AbrmJone-s . 








75 
39 
36 


I 


115 


Thos Beck Junr 












116 


AbrraBartlett 








'•» 




i 


117 
US 

119 


Mich Whi'hien 
James Moses 
Jno A boot 








210 

90 
84 


105 
45 
42 
36 


1 


- 


120 


Thos Moore . 








i~ 


36 

t 

36 




i 


121 
122 
123 
124 


Wm Frost . 
Wm Lev, is . 
Jno Savage . 
Jno Pev*riyJton, 








90 

150 
96 
72 


1 

I 


! 


123 
126 


Solomon Gotten 
1 William Bunking 








30 


15 i 


1 




















] 



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TOWN PAPERS BARRIN'GTOX. 



43 



! 



1 


Proprietors Names 


1 


Acres 


Rods 

Wide : 


rate 


! i 


£ | ft 


127 Lsaml Shackford 


210 


105 


1 


15 


128 |Jno Gotten . 








144 


72 


1 


4 


120 'Doctor Ross . 








96 


48 




16 


i:)t> |,Tno Ham 








48 


24 




8 


!,,l plichl Whidden Jr 








84 


42 




14 


132 Saial Brewster 








90 


45 




15 


i:;:t Jno Davis . . . 








120 


60 


1 


\:n i.'no Libby 








144 


72 


1 * 


i:\r, jRoirer Swain . 








84 


4 - i 


14 


136 AVidow Briard 








36 


18 


6 


137 Jno Aimary . 








120 


60 J 


1 


138 Tobias kangdon 








240 


120 


2 ' 


139 jRiokd Elliot . 








96 


4S 


16 


140 Hen Rick lord 








96 


48 


16 


111 Obadiali Muwe 








4-3 


21 


1 8 


142 Nafckl Odiorne 








108 


54 


18 


113 (Geo Jaffrey . 








COO 


300 


5 


144 Matbew James 








129 


m 


i ! 


141 iJos&herburn 








354 


177 


2 ! 19 


140 [Jno Jones 








132 


66 


1 2 


ii7 Jno Grindal . 








72 


36 


12 


148 NathiPeverly 








90 


45 


15 


1 19 iThos Packer . 








648 


321 


5 8 


150 James Jeffrey 








240 


120 


» ! 


lot Jer. Seal 








90 


45 


15 


152 David Gardiner 








120 


eo 


1 1 . 


153 JNathl Lang . 








120 


60 


1 i 


151 [Philip Gammon 








36 


IS 


, 1 6 


155 Peter Dall . 








120 


„ 6 " 


1 


156 Joshua iviroe 








720 


360 


6 1 


157 |Jno Hooker . 








96 


43 


16 


158 iThoa Sherburn 








10 


I 8 


16 


159 Zac Leach 








'JO 




I 15 


160 Eichd Pashley 








144 


I- 


} 


4 


161 RiclidTobev . 








144 


72 


1 


4 


1C2 1 Widow Marshall 








90 


45 


! 


15 


163 Jno Cult 








150 


75 


1 


5 


164 Moses Caverly 








120 


60 


1 




165 'Jno Mardih . 








06 


33 




11 


168 Jno HardesOn 








180 


90 


1 


10 


167 Saml Penhallow 








720 


360 


6 




168 JRichdJr.se . 








120 


60 


1 


12 


WO Wm Fairweather 








72 


36 




1?) Ephm Jackson 
171 CoioHunking 








168 

210 


& 


5 


3 
15 


172 j Widow Mar rin 








120 


60 


1 




17> jWm Peverly . 








120 


60 


l 


16 

16 


1*4 Benja. L'ucv . 








96 


43 




17.") i Robert AJni&ry 








9*3 


48 




176 Gov. Wentworthr 

177 IChaBanfiU (1) 








720 
60 


3«0 
30 


6 


10 
10 
10 


WO Alex Roberts 








180 


90 


1 


1-J Capt. Ceo Walker 








300 


1.50 


2 * 


l v 2 Saml Pitman 








90 


45 




15 
IS 


183 Geo Townaend 








108 


54 


v 


184 Sand Sriell . 








36 


13 




j*~±.. i 


185 Saml Waterhouse 








24 


12 


W^&JL TO 


186 Jno Sparks . 

187 Jno Davis . 








72 

so 


36 

45 




%M 1 - 


m 

189 


Jno Cross 
Benja Cross . 








30 
210 


15 
105 


1 


*^ 15 


191 
192 
!9j 


N'atnl Mendam 

Robert Pickering 
Arch Mucphadxis 
Moses Paul . 








240 

72 

600 

210 


120 
36 

300 
105 


2 

5 

1 


10 

15 
16 
12 
14 
10 
12 


194 


Jno Bradford 








96 


48 




i:<«; 


Xehemiah Partridge 
Peter Moore . 








84 


! 3'? 

-s a 




197 
19$ 


SThos Wilkinson." 
Philip Babb . 








60 
72 


30 
1 36 


i 



[I) First lot 5th ran$ 






44 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 













j Proprietors Names 


Acres 


Pods | 
wide j 


rate 




I 


£ ! 


S 




199 Benja Gotten . ... 


90 


45 




15 


200 Jos Buss 








90 


48 




16 


201 Sam] Winkley 








240 


120 


o 






20-2 [Ueuja Miller . 








120 


60 


1 






203 JJainea Pitman 








HO 


30 




15 




20-1 Christr Noble 








96 


48 




13 




205 Thos Wright . 








150 


75 


1 


5 




206 ; Robert Ward 








93 


48 




10 




207 Widow Pitman & Son 


labez . 






30 


15 | 




5 


* 


208 ['Jno Ford 








72 


86 




10 




209 j George Peirce 








210 


105 1 


1 


75 




210 Colo Vau^han 








240 


120 


2 






211 |Wni Gotten . 








210 


105 


1 


15 




213 \Wm Barns 








72 


36 




12 




214 Kichcl Swain . 








• 72 


36 




12 




215 Uno Cowel 








S4 


42 




14 


j 


218 j\Vro Rosa 








70 


33 




12 




217 kfames ^nerburn 








90 


45 




15 


218 Jno -i:erburn 








120 


BO 


1 






219 INathl Mekher 








72 


33 




io 




220 • 


riios l J eiree . 








210 


105 


1 


15 


221 ! 


Peter Abbot . 








60 


30 




10 


222 i 


Jno Edmo-uda 








84 


42 




14 




223 ; 


IhosWalden 








150 


75 


1 


5 


i 




Ilea Sherhurn 








192 


96 


1 


12 




225 j 


Alex Miller . 








ISO 


90 


1 


10 




226 


Anthony Roe 








60 


30 




10 




227 ! 


£apt. Tbbia3 Langdon 








300 


150 


I 


10 


223 j 


Ezek Pitman 








120 


6-1 


1 




22S ! 


James Stootiy 








30 


15 




5 




230 


Clemt Hughs 








160 


5)0 


- 


10 


23 L : 


Jno Dr^w 








120 


G 2 


1 






232 ' 


Jos Berrv 








60 


30 




10 


- 


233 


Jaeob Tash . 








90 


15 




15 


K 


235 


Daniel Quick 








96 


48 




16 


I 


233 


Jer Libby . 








ISO 


90 


1 


10 


• 


237 


Jno Preston . 








120 


30 


1 




238 


Wm Fellow 3 . 








240 


120 


w 


13 


- 


239 


Saml Brown . 








72 


36 




; 


240 
241 


Jno Pray 

Capt lien. Sherbnrn 








138 
552 


69 
276 


1 

4 


3 
12 




242 


Jno Peveriy . 








96 


48 




16 
4 


J 


243 


Wm 'ferret . 








24 


12 






244 


Jno Skillings 








93 


48 




10 
12 




245 


Riehd Saulridge 








108 


54 




1 


2*3 


Ed Ayers . 








210 


.105 


1 


15 


j 


217 


Saml Motisori 








120 


M0 


1 


12 
10 




24S 


Daniel Jackcon 








72 


33 






249 


Natl) Kobertson 








60 


30 


1 




2.50 
251 


Mosea Ingraham 
James Leach 








120 

I 30 


00 
45 


15 

12 

4 




252 


Jona P;<rtriuze 








72 


30 
12 






253 


Jno Sherb urn's widov 


r 






21 






254 


Ed Wells 








120 


00 


1 


32 

10 




255 
256 


>tepn Noble . 
Steph Noble . 








90 
«0 


45 
30 
60 
60 
30 
33 
15 
48 
36 
54 
75 
3 
48 
66 


1 

1 
1 




257 


Wm Rennet . 








120 






258 


Hen Seaward 








120 






259 


Thos Larrabv- 








120 


13 

5 
13 
12 
18 
5 
1 
IS 

5 
10 




2<;0 


Narhl Fellowg 








>'- 






261 

262 


Mary Moore Aiis Lea 
Geo Avers 


ch 






30 

96 






203 
264 

265 


(Arch ilunkiug 
iHugh Banflll 
Amos Furnell 








108 

150 

6 

96 
132 
150 

60 


1 




260 

237 

2<?8 


\ Abraham l>ent 
paml Rhymes 

1 Saml Clark . 








1 1 
1 




269 


Widow Nel-on & Son 






30 




270 


iFraneia Ditty 










TOWN PAPERS — BARRINGTON. 



45 



PROPRIETORS- NAMES 


Acres 


Bods 

wide 


rate 


| 


£ l 3 


271 (Jo'i Mfeftd .... 

272 WSO OollragS .... 
27:J Joseph Sib^on 

274 Laz Noble .... 
•27'. JLax Holmes . 
27R Abraham Center 

277 [JerCalf .... 
IS |Not drawn - . . 
17^ Not drawn 

179 (Not drawn . . ■ . 
212 Nut drawn 
28-1 [Not drawn .... 


103 

m 

120 

60 

m 

72 


51 

30 
60 
30 
21 

48 

3.3 




1 


18 
10 

10 

16 
12 



No 3S : .09 : 1+2 : 143 : 234 : 235 are the Northern most rights in the six ranges of the 
Towu of Btoringtoa & 1 : 88: S9 : 189 i 100 with 277 are near if not the most Southern 
Lotta oi said town. > - 









Petition for power to raise money, Sc. 

Province of | 
New I lamp, j 

To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 
Commander In Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire in New England the Hon' 1 * His Majesty's 
Council and House of Representatives for Said Province in 
General Court Convened 

The Humble Petition of Thomas Wright Mercht & Dan- 
iel Jackson Shop keeper both of Portsmouth in said Province 
being the Surviving Agents of the Proprietors of the Town- 
ship of Barrington in the Province aforesaid Shews — 

That: the Laws of this Province Respecting Proprieties of 
Townships or other Common & undivided Lands are very De- 
fective & Insufficient in rriany Regards to Enable the Proprie- 
tors as a Distinct Body from the Inhabitants of the Towns 
where they Live to Transact & carry on the Business of Such 
Proprieties But in Particular with respect to the Speedy Col- 
lecting <S: levying Such Sums of Money as have at any time 
been Granted & Voted by the Propriety which very much 
Clogs & Embarrasses their affairs &. Greatly Retards the Set- 
tlement of New Town ships and thereby in a Great Measure 
Defeats the Good Purposes of Granting Such Townships 
Since there is no making a Settlement without raising money 
and many Persons get in to be Proprietors who will not Vol- 
untarily pay their proportion of the Charges 

That : the Proprietors of the Said Township of Barrington 
are Involved in the same Difficulties of other Proprieties in the 
aforesaid Regards and in Special with Respect to that Impor- 
tant Article of Raising Money having Several Sums in. 



I 46 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Arrearage which tho' they have assessed & apportioned 
upon the Proprietors are not paid in but Either Remain uncol- 
lected or are in the Constables hands and that thro' a Den 
c-iency of the Laws upon which the Propriety is formed 

Wherefore your Petitioners in behalf of their principals 
most Humbly Pray that an act may be now past to Enable the 
Collector or Constable of the Said" Propriety to Collect & Lcvy 
their arrearages in the same Summary way the Constables of 
Towns may do and give the said Proprietors the same Remedy 
agamst^their Delinquent Collectors or Constables and also to 
make Enectual Provision for Raising & Levying money upon 
themselves for the fbture'in such an Expeditious method as the 
nature of their affairs Require & Your Petitioners as in duty 
Bound Shall Ever Pray &c 

March q rh 1741 Thomas Wright 

Dan 1 Jackson 



In the House of Representatives March the I2 rh 1741. the within Pe- 
tition Read and 
Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be so far granted, That for the 
future, the Proprietors be Enabled to make Notes & Raise money on 
themselves and that the Collectors & Constables be enabled to gather 
the same. and that the Proprietors Shall have the same Remedy against 
their delinquent Collectors & Constables as other Towns have and that 
the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

James Jeffrey Ch assem 
In Council March 20 th 1741 
The above Vote read & Concurred 

Theod Atkinson Secy. 
March 22 Assented to. 

B. Wentworth 



Petition of Thomas Shepard. 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over the Province of New- 
Hampshire. The Honorable his Majestys Council! and house 
of Representatives in General Assembly convened — 
The Petition of Thomas Shepherd in Behalf of himself and 
the other Inhabitants of the Two mile Streak (so called) in 
the Township of Harrington in said Province most humbly 
shews That there are sixteen families settled within the said 
Two mile Streak, containing upwards of ninety Persons in 
all That the Situation of the Same is such that the Inhabitants 
are very much exposed unto the Indian Enemy 

That the summer-past the laboring People there were obliged 
to leave their wives and children at home naked & defenceless 
whilst they went out about their business of husbandry having 
no Soldiers there to guard and protect them 



r 



TOWN PAPERS — HARRINGTON. 



47 



That they are in great fear that the Indians will destroy some 
of them the approaching Spring and Summer, if they tarry 
there, unless the Government Allows them Some Protection. 
That in Case the said Inhabitants move in, it will give the 
Enemy an advantage besides that thereby your Petitioners 
Plantation where they raise Considerable Provision will lay 
unimproved 

Wherefore your Petitioners most humblv Prav your Excel- 
lency and Honours to take their Case under Consideration and 
to allow them such a number of Soldiers & for such time as 
you shall judge reasonable, and your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound shall ever pray, &c. 



Feb'T 2 ' 



*747 



Thomas Shipherd. 
In Council March S th 1747. 

rend & ordered to be seat Doun to the Hon Me House. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 






Petition of John Mac math & Tkos. SJiepard. 
May it please y r Excellance wee make bould To Truble y r 
Exceilance &. y r honourable Council taking into Consideration 
our Dangerous Condition of our Enimys the Want of what 
men you shall think proper' to Steate One the two Garresons 
at Twomill Streik In Barrington bein^ Oblid&ed to Leave our 
Wemen & Children Exposed in Said houses Otherwise our 
Cropes must Sutler Our Dependence Is One y 1 ' Excellance & 
that you will Not lett us be any longer in Such a Condition be- 
ing the Needfull and are ever y 1 ' Excellances humb 1 Servants 

J. W. Maciiath 
Two Mill Streak Tho s Sheephard 

In Barrington 
Jan the 15 1747. 



Pctitio?i of Selectmen of Barrington, &c. 
To His Excellency Beuning Wentworth Esq 1 " Governer & 

Commander in Chief of his majestys Province of New 

Hampshire &c &c 

Barrington Feb. 10 th 1762 
Sir 

Whereas The Town of Barrington has for Some years past 
paid a Considerable Province Tax and has upwards of 120 
Poles in it. which we humbly hope Intittles us to ask the favour 
That we may Chuse one Assembly man to Represent Said 
Town in y* General assemblv 



i 



4$ NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Therefore Pray your Excellency would Vouchsafe to Grant 
the Town of Barrington a Liberty to Cliuse such a Represen- 
tative to appear for us in y° General assembly of this Prov- 
ince ; Which favour we shall soe duely Esteem"and as in Duty 
Bound ever pray for the Supporters o"f our Privelidge 
John Garlaxd ~) Paul Hayes 

Eleazer Young >■ Selectmen. John Hayes 
W ,a Cate J Hezekiah Hayes 

Mark Hun king 
Francis Winkley Jun 



Portsmouth Feb. 19 th 1762 
Upon the within Petition I have thought it for His Majestys Service 
to Incert in the King? writ the Town of Barrington which please to rill 
up that they thereby may send a precept "to the Select men in 
time ^o make Choiceof a proper person to represent them in the next 
General assembly 

I am Sir Your hum Servt 

B. Wentworth 
To the Hon Me The Atkinson Esq 



At our Anual Town meeting; held at The meeting house In Barring- 
ton on Wednesday The 28 th day of march 1770 our Petition Relating 
to Parish orders has Been Notified and Read in Said meeting. 
Barrington March the 29 th 1770. 

James Marden 

Toun Clerk. 
At a Town meeting held at the meeting house in Barrington on 
Thursday The first Day of march 1770 according to Notification Then 
Voted Deacon John Garland & Liutenant Samuel Brewster as a Com- 
mittee or agents to Pertition The General Court for Pares h Powers to 
Transact our affairs Relating to a minister Seprate from other affairs of 
The Town and from other Sosieties Now Subsisting in Town 
, Barrington, March the 19 th , 1770. 

Attest James Marden 

town Clerk 



Garland & Brewster 3 s Petition in behalf of the town of 

Barrington, March 177°- 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r . Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief in & over the Province of New Hampshire 
the Hon" 1 - his Majestys Council & House of Representatives 
in General Assembly convened. March 22 i/7° 
The Humble Petition of John Garland and Samuel Brews- 
ter both of Barrington in said Province as agents for Barring- 
ton aforesaid Shews 

That there are in said Town a number of the Inhabitants who 
call themselves Quakers a number who are Separatists from 
all Denominations of Christians and also a number of mem- 
bers of the Church of England besides the Common Denomi- 






TOWN PAPERS — BARRINGTON. 



49 



nation called Congregationaiists. That there is no settled min- 
ister of that order nor any other m said Town at Present but 
frequently Lay Teachers come there and Encourage Separa- 
tions Si Divisions and as they all belong to the Town when- 
ever there is a Town meeting to consider of Settling a minis- 
ter as the Law of the Province Directs, they all attend & 
Sometimes out Vote the others & Introduce the greatest disor- 
der & Confusion 

Wherefore Your Petitioners humbly Pray that they whose 
sentiments are in the Congregational way & such others as will 
join them may be erected into a Parish & Authorized to Trans- 
act all affairs relating to Settling & maintaining a Minister of 
the Gospel <$: other affairs relative thereto according to Law 
by themselves exclusive of ail others who will not join with 
them as members of the Same Parish or Society and that they 
may have leave to bring in a bill accordingly and your Peti- 
tioners as in duty bound shall ever Pray &c 

John Garland 
Samuel Brewster 



Province 



In the House of Representatives March 22^ 1770 



Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on Friday the 
thirtieth Day of March Instant if the General assembly be then Sit 
ing and if not Then on the Second Day of their siting next after And 
that they Cause the Substance of the Petition and Order to be Posted up 
at the Meeting house in said Barrington and if a Town meeting Shall 
be held in said Town before that Day then the same to be read at said^ 
meeting that any person may Shew Cause why the prayer thereof 
Should not be Granted 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council eodem Die 

Read & Concurred 

Geo. Kins D. Sec 



Xew V Ham°s } In the House of Representatives March 30, 1770 

The Petitioners being heard on this Petition and no Objection made 
by any Person and the Prayer of the Petition appearing to be Reasonable 

Voted That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted and that the Peti- 
tioners have liberty to'bring in a Bill accordingly 



M. Weare Cl r 



In Council Apr. 12, 1770 
Read & Concurred 

Geo Kin? D. Sec 



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50 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



BEDFORD. 

[This town was granted by Massachusetts in 1733, and continued und.-r the gov- 
ernment of that Province .until 174^1. It was- .first called Narraganset, So. 5, after, 
wards Souaegan East. It was incorporated by the name of Bedford, 10 May, 1750. 
—Ed.] 

Souhegcui People's Petition for aid, d-c. 

(Now Bedford.) 

Souhegan East Jane 12 1744 
We the Inhabitants of Souhegan East Apprehending our 
selves Exposed to Immenent Danger both from the French & 
Indian Enemys & being in no capacity, to make a proper Stand 
in case of an assault from do constitute & appoint. Mr. John 
Chamberlin our Delegate requesting him- in y* capacity with 
all possible speed to repair to Portsmouth & to represent our 
Deplorable case to his Excellency our Governor and y e gen- 
eral assembly and request of them such aids both in respect of 
men & military stores as to their great wisdom may seem meet 
and which may put us in a capacity to repel all attempts of 
our s d enemies " - 

John Riddel 

John Riddel Jr. 

Forges Kenn' 1 

Hugh Ridell 

Ritchard McAllister 



James Kianock 
John McDugel 
Moses Barron .. 
James Moor 
John Burns 
John Toms 
James Moor 
John Morehead 
Eleazer Lyon 
John Roby 
John Carr 
Thomas Vickere 
Thomas Vickere Sen 



Sam'- Woods 
James Walker 
Benjamin Kidder 
William Patterson 
John Moor 
Robert Gilmore 
Thomas- Chandler 
Samuel Patten 
Matthew Patten 
Jonathan Lyon 
John Orr 
James Linn 
John Durgee 
Aiex r Walker 
William Calwell 
Jas Little 
John Patten 
Robert Walker 



A List of the names of the families of the Inhabitants of 
Sonhegan East upon Merrimack River. 

Timothv Corlis Samuel Woods 

John More EphraimBushnel 

Robert Gillemore 

Robert Little 

John Goffe 

William Pateson 

Thomas Chandler 

John Blare 

Benjamin Smith Jun 

John MacDugel 



Thomas Worthley 
Lev 1 Moses Barns 
Thomas Vickers 
Elizer Lion 
Robert Gilmore 
John R.obe 
Thomas Farmer 
Thomas Farmer Jun 



James Walker 



Benjamin Smith 









TOWN PAPERS BEDFORD. 



51 



John Taylor 

Cap. John Chamberlin 

Canada 
John Torn 

Morehead 
William Patison Jun 
James More Jun 
Thomas Barn 
James More 
James Mathews 
Benjamin Smith third 
John Orr 
Joseph Canada 
John Quig 
John Burns 



Gorn (f) Ridle 
Wid MacQuade 
Robert Walker 
Hugh Ridle 
Forges Canada 
John Ridle 
Jonathan Lion 
James Little 
James Lynn 
Elexander Walker 
John Bell 
Samuel Pattin 
Matthew Patten Jr. 
Kiders family. 



..To Inabie the Inhabitants on a Tract of Land on the West Side of 
Merrimack River, to raise a reasonable Tax for the Support of a Min- 
ister of the Gospel ..Vc & to make choice of fit persons to collect the 
Same 

It is ordered by His Excelencv with the advice of His Majestvs 

Council That on" day of April next Capt John Goffe holds the 

first Town meeting giveing Ten days Xotice thereof to the Inhabitants. 



Petition of Presbyterians in Bedford. 
To His ExeliV Banning Wentworth Esqr Governor & Com- 
ander In Chief of His Majesty's Province of New Hamp- 
shire and to the Honourable His Majestvs Counsil as- 



sembled at Portsmouth 



Mav 



10 



JD 



O. 



The Humble Petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants of 
Souhegan East so called Shezveth 

That your Petitioners are the Major part of sd. Souhegan 
that your Petitioners as to our particular persuasion in Chris- 
tianity are Generally of the Presbyterian Denomination That 
your petitioners through a variety of Causes having been Long 
Destitute of the Gospel are now Desirous of taking the proper 
steps in Order to have it Settled among us in the way of Dis- 
cipline which we judge to tend most to our Edification That 
your Petitioners not being incorporated by Civill authority are 
in no Capacity to Raise those Sums of money which may be 
needfuil in order to our proceeding in the above Important 
affair. 

May it therefore Please your Exeell'y & Hon rs to take the 
Case of your Petitioners under Consideration and to Incorpo- 
rate us into a town or Destrick or in Case any part of our In- 
habitants should be taken off By any Neighbouring Destrick to 
Grant that those of our persuasion who are Desirous of Ad- 
hering to us may be Notwithstanding Excused from support- 
ing any other Parish Charge than where they Consciencously 






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... 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



adhere we Desiring the Same Liberty to those within our 
Bounds if any yet be and yo r Petiti 1 "" shall Ever Pray &c 



Samuel Miller 
William Moor 
John Riddell 
Thomas Vickere 
Matthew Little 
James Moor 
John Tom 
James Kennedy 
Robert Gilmor 
Richard McAllister 
John Moor 
Thomas Chamb'rl'n 
John McDugle 
Samuel Patten 
Alex r Walker 
Gan ( ?) Ridell 
Ben Smith 
John GoiTe 
John Orr 
John Morehead 
James Little 



Robert Gilmor sen. 
James Ma this 
Forges Kennedy- 
John McLaughlin 
William Kennedy 
Forgious Kennedy 
David Thomsond 
James McXight 
Hugh Riddel 
John Burns 
Daniel Moor 
James Moore 
Gerard Rowetl 
John Clark 
James Walker 
John MeOuige 
Robert Walker 
John Bei) 
Patrick Taggart 
Matthew Patten 
John McLaughlin Sen r 



These are to certifie that we the above Subscribers Do Commission 
John Goffe Esq r and Mr. samuel patten to present this petition in or- 
der to obtaine Incorporation for us according to their Instructions from 
us the subscribers 

James Little, Cleark. 



Daited May the io : 



1750 



Bedford Petition for the revival of their propriety. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Goy r &c. 

The Hon : a his Majesties Councel And house of Represe ve3 

in General assembly Convened at Portsmouth the thirteenth 

day of July 1756 

The Inhabitants of the town of Bedford in the province of 
New Hampshire Most Humbly Sheweth 

That the proprietors of Narragansett Township No. 5 Alias 
Bedford and part of Merrymac have not had a prop rs meeting 
for several years and that the Clerk of said propriety has been 
Dead some space of time and there is no Comitee in the pro- 
priety to Call proprietors meetings The Consequence whereof 
tends much to your petitioners Damage 

That there was Laud Reserved by the prop rs in their Survey 
of the said town for highways and inasmuch as roads Cannot 
be made on all the said land' so reserved we are obliged to Lay 
out roads Elsewhere and for want of a prop" 3 meeting Legally 
Called, The power of Disposal of said reserved land Cannot 
be sriven to the town which if it were we might change with 



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those persons who have their land Cut with town roads who 
ought to have a proper Satisfaction for their lands so taken 
and would thereby prevent the towns paying a Considerable of 
money yearly 

Wherefore we pray that your Excellency and hon rs would 
take the premises in Consideration and Grant us an order to 
Call a prop" meeting of Narragansett Township N° five 
and your petitioners shall everpray 

Math w Patten 

by a vote of the town. 

In Council July 15 1756 

read ic ordered to be sent Doun to the Hon ble House 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
This Petition being read ordered that it be Dissmissed 

A. Clarksen Clerk 



Bedford Petition for a tax on their land. 
To his Excelency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Govr. &c. The 
Hon'- his Majesties Councel And house of Represent"" in 
General assembly Convend at Portsmouth the thirteenth 
day of July 1756 

The Inhabitants of the town of Bedford in the province of 
New Hampshire would most humbly Remonstrate That the 
fewness in number of our Inhabitants with the Expences 
which Xecessaryly arises for us to pay and the Deficultys at- 
tending the performing the settlement of a new Town That a 
large Quantity of the town Lying unsettled and vacant of any 
Inhabitants and have Rec 1 no help to Defraying any of our 
Necessary Charges from the proprietors of any such unsettled 
land, for the space of twelve or fourteen years in which term 
we (being a Fronteer) Endured the hardship of the late Indian 
war for which Reasons your Petitioners is rendered very una- 
ble to Carrie on the building a house for the publick Worship 
of God or a house for the use of the ministery in said town 

Wherefore we humbly pray that your Excelency and hon r6 
would take our case in Consideration, and Grant us a tax on 
all the land in the town (Exclusive of Ministery Ministerial 
School and highway Lands) for the term of two years at six- 
pence pr. acre Each year or so much as you in your wisdoms 
Shall think Sufficient for the purposes aforesaid and your pe- 
titioners shall ever pray 

Matthew Patten Agent for the town 



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54 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

I In Council July 15 th 1756. 

read & ordered to be sent down to the Kon ble House 
Theod Atkinson Sec 
Province of 1 T ,, ,, , „ „ , 

New Hamps | In the House of Representatives July 15* 1756 

The above Petition being read 
_ Ordered That the Petitioner be heard thereon y* 2 1 Day of the Sit' 
ting of the General assembly next after the i ir day of sept next Ensue- 
io'g & Yt in y* meantime y petitioner at his own "Cost & Charge Cause 
this order of Court with the Substance of s- 1 Petition to be advertised 
in some publick print for three weeks successively 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council July 15 1756 
The within vote read & Concurred 

; Theod Atkinson Secy 
Province of 1 T •.'-., T7 ^ ,-. , . _ 

New Hamps f n e House of Representatives Dec r 16, 1756 

Thfts Petition being read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted, & that the petitioner 
have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

Andrew Clarkson Clk. 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 



Petition of James Caldwell. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr Captain General 
Governor & Commander In Chief In & over his Majesty's 
province of New Hampshire the Hon 1,1 " his Majesty's Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives In General Assembly Conv d 
the 30 th day of Nov r 1763 

The Petition of James Caldwell of Bedford In said province 
Humbly Shews that your petitioner being one of the Select- 
men of Said Town for the year 1762 together with Mr. John 
Goffe & Mr. James Lions did agreeable to their usual form & 
Custom & agreeable to Law (for calling Town meeting) put 
up a notification for calling the free holders & other Inhabitants 
of said Town together at the usual place forChusing selectmen 
Constable & other Town officers for said Town as the Law Direct- 
ed, agreeable thereto the Inhabitants of said Bedford met and at 
said meeting made choice of M r Jn' Bell to be their Moderator & 
then proceeded to the Choice of the Select men & other Town 
officers, when the Moderator Declared that by the Votes 
Brought In they had made choice of Mr. James Little, Mr. 
Sam 1 Pattin & your petitioner for their Select men .& Mr. Rich- 
ard M Allester as Constable for Said Town to Collect the 
Taxes, so it hapned that at said meeting there was no Justice 
present to sware s' 1 officers & no Refusal from any one of them 



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TOWN PAPERS- — BEDFORD. 55 

at that time that they would apt serve, but since it so happens 
by sortie misunderstanding or other that M r Sam 1 Pattin who 
was Chosen as a Select man refuses, as well the Constable Mr. 
Richard M'Allester they calling it an Illegal meeting for what 
Reason is best known to themselves, as your petitioner is 
Quite Ignorant of any Illegality & your petitioner with Mr, 
James Little another, of the Selectmen of said Town (being 
Ignorant of the Law in such Cases) did put up one other no- 
tification for calling a meeting In Said Town for Chusing 
Town Officers which meeting was held on the 24 ultimo 
when other officers were chosen in their stead, but by 
our charter we find we can hold no town meeting, Only 
on the last Wednesday of March tor choice ot Town offi 
cers which we did agreeable to said Charter & the sev- 
eral officers was Chosen as before mentioned, & expecting 
they would take the oaths as usual, the Moderator Dissolved 
the meeting by which means we are notable to Call any. Town 
meeting for this Year Chusing proper officers to Levy & Col- 
lect the province Tax laid on said town of Bedford & if not 
Leevy'd Si Collected this present year, the Burthen the next 
would then of Consequence be double the sum its this year, 
which would make it very difficult. Wherefore your petitioner 
Humbly prays the aid of this honorable Court touching the 
premises, & that you'd be pleased to Grant such Releif as you 
in your great wisdom Shall think proper & your petitioner as 
in Duty* Bound Shall Ever pray &c 

James Caldwell 



In Council December 1 1763 read & sent down to the Hon bU assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 



Province of ) 
New Hamps -, 



Theodore Atkinson Secy 
Assented to B. Wentworth. 



Petition of the Selectmen & Committee of Safety of 
,„_, Bedford* , 
To the Honourable the Committee of Safety of the State of 

New Hampshire.. ............. 

The. Petition of us the Subscribers Selectmen and Commit- 
tee of Safety for the Town of Bedford in the County of Hills- 
borough in said state Humbly shews That your Petitioners are 






In the house of Representatives Dec. 1, 1763. 

This petition being Read Voted that the prayer thereof be granted & 
that the petitioner have Liberty to bring- in a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 

In Council Eodem Die read & Concurred 



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5^ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

■j 

Informed that M r John Houston of said Bedford Intends to 
make application to your Honours to have Liberty to Take the 
oath of Fidelity to the State— to serve a Secular Interest as 
we apprehend we Humbly Pray that you would Defer His 
Taking it or giving him any Recommendation in his Favour 
as being Friendly to the Cause of America untill the Town of 
Bedford shall be Notified to appear at a Convenient Time as 
you Shall think Proper to shew cause why he ought not to be 
admitted to said oath which we Conceive They are Capable to 
do and your Petitioners as in Duty bound will Ever Pray 

Thomas Boice ") 
James Vose V Selectmen 

William White J 

» Bedford, Sep r ye 24 th 177S 

We the Subscribers appoint Capt. Samuel Patten to Pre- 
sent this our Petition 

James Caldwell 
Sam 1 Patten 
John Goffe 
Sam 1 Vose 
John Bell 



Committee 
of Safety 



BENNINGTON. 



[This town is in Vermont. It was granted by Governor Benning Wentworth, 3d 
January, 1749, aud frum him derived ics name. " Ei>.] 

Mr. Sam 1 Robinson's petition, Dec* 9 th , 1763. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 
Commander in chief in & over the Province of New Hamp- 
shire The Ho'n ble his Majesty's Council & House of Repre- 
sentatives for said Province in General Assembly Convened, 
Decemb r 8 th 1763 

The Humble Petition of Samuel Robinson of Bennington in 
said Province Esq r as agent for Sz in behalf of the Inhabi- 
tants of said town Shews 

That there are about fifty Families Settled in Said Town 
and a minister of the Gospel settled among them, and the said 
Town is in a Good forwardness & Prosperous condition con- 
sidering the time of the Grant and the distance from other 
Settlements, 

That the burden of Supporting the usual Town Charges is 
heavy upon new Settlements especially till they have the 
necessary Public Buildings finished and the Building a Con- 
venient Meeting House for Public Worship and a Convenient 
School house is at present too Great a Charge for the said Inhab- 



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57 



itants but as those houses being built & duly Improved greatly 
Encourages Settlers & raises the Value of the Lands Your 
Petition 1 " humbly Prays That they may be authorized to lay a 
Tax for a Limited time on the Lands in said Township for so 
much annually and for such a time as will be Sufficient to de- 
fray the Charge of Building such a Meeting house & School 
house within said Township and they will ever Pray &c 

Sam 1 Robinson 

In Council December S th 1763 

Read & Sent down to the Hon bl * Assembly 
Province Of) In the house of Representatives Dec r 9 th 1763 
New Hampj This petition being read. 

Voted That the petitioner be heard thereon the second dav of the sit- 
ting- of the General Assembly next after the first day of Feby next & 
that he Cause the substance of this petition 6: order of Court" thereon 
to be advertised three weeks successively in the New Hampshire Ga- 
zette that any persons concerned may appear & Shew Cause if any they 
have why the praver thereof should not be Granted 
I " A Clarkson Clerk 

ft' In Council Eodem Die 

Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secy 



BOSCAWEN. 



[This town was granted by Massachusetts, and was called Contoocook, until in- 
corporated by New Hampshire, 22 April 1700, Ed.] 

Petition of Contoocook, Penacook and Canterbury for pro- 
tection from the Indians, 1747. 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq r Captain Gen- 
eral and Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his 
Majesty's Province of New Hamp r To the Honorable his 
Majestys Council and House of Representatives in General 
Assembly convened the twelfth Day of November 1 747 
The petition of Phineas Stevens, (1) Ebenezer Eastman 
and Jeremiah Clough in Behalf of themselves and the Inhab- 
itants of Contoocook, Pennycook and Canterbury, in said Prov- 
ince, most humbly shews 

That the said Places are frontiers and lay open and exposed 
unto the French and Indian Enemy. That they are not able to 
protect and defend themselves in Case of a Vigorous attack 
from the Enemy which they have Reason to fear may be the 
Case as soon as there Shall be Snow Sufficient to travel with 
Snow Shoes That unless they are protected, the Inhabitants 
Will be under a Necessity to break up and leave their habita- 
tions and so Consequently the frontier will be bro't nearer. 

(1) He was the first minister of Boscawen. Ed. 



" 



5$ NEW HAMPSHIRE 



i 

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i 

■.. 

That your Petitioners humbly conceive it will be much better 
for the Province to have those Places Protected than to have 
them broke up. Wherefore your Petitioners humbly Pray 
your Excellency and Honours to take this Petition under your 
wise Consideration and be pleased to Grant such a number of 
men for each of the before mentioned Places and for such time 
as to your Excellency and Honours shall seem meet and reason- 
able and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray &c 

Phineas Stevens 
Ebexezer Eastman 
Jeremiah Clough 
1 Sc sent down tc 
Theoco2*e Atkinson Secv 



Contoocook Petition for aid. 

To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq" Captain Gen- 
eral & Govohner in chief in and over his ]\Iajes tie's Province 
of Xew Hampshire In New England 

The Petetion of y- Inhabitants of a Plantation called Con- 
toocook in y- sd. province of Xew Hampshire Humbly 
Showeth 

That where as your Humble Petitenrs being Certtainly In- 
formed of a Declaration of war Between y e King of England 
and France and Tharefore Looking tmon ourselves as Exposed 
contenualy to y° atacks of y° Indians who are subjects or al- 
lies to y e King of France and we would Beg Leave Humbly 
to Lay our Case before your Excellency 

.May it Pleas your Excelency we have Been at Great Ex- 
pence and Labour in Bringing to y e settlements in y s planta- 
tion so far as th'ay are att this time by setteling a gospel min- 
ister erecting Houses subduing Lands and Bringing too a 
cosidable Quatity of Wilderness and in erecting proper Forti- 
fications for Defence in case of an Indain war one of which 
was Built in y e year 1739 a building of considerable Expense 
to y e proprieters and of great conseqence to y" Inhabitants being 
100 feet square and all this to advance y e Kingdom of Christ in 
the world and farther to enlarge and advance his majestie's 
Dominions in the american continent we have Like wise been 
att great expense and cost in erecting houses to Dwell in and 
in moving from our habitations the most of us into sd Fort 
in order for our security till proper help shall arive to us for 
want of which many persons have Removed and more are 
Removing from us to the Great Discouragement of those that 
tarry behind and all tho we might Defend our selves in our 
Fortification yet we cant support our selves becaus we have 



TOWN PAPERS — BOSCAWEX. 



59 



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none to gard us in our Busness and more over the command- 
ing' ofecer in the place has so far neclected the people that thay 
are very uneasy he never having caled them to Gether since he 
Reed his commission Refusing to Repair to the fort or to tak 
any care of it or the people in it never seting any watch or 
ward so that the Inhabitants are without a Leader yet they 
have consantly Keept a watch and ward in said fort or gareson 
Those with many others are the Difecultys we Labor under 
two many to be hear enumerated of which we Humbly Beg 
Redres of your Excelence in such way and maner as your Ex- 
celency in wisdom shall think Best and your Humble pctisions 
as in Duty Bound shall ever' pray .&c 
CoritoocGbk June y 2 5 Ul 1744 
Richard Flood William Emery 

Richard Jackman Moses Burbank 

John Cowin Samuel Emery. 

Joseph Easman Nathaniel Meloon 

John Fowler Ezekiel Flanders 

Andrew Bohonan Josiah Bishup 

Taeob Flanders Jorge Jackman 

Daniel Rolfe 



Petition j rem Sundry Persons at C&nioocQok, Praying for 

military officers* 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq 

Honored S r we the Subscribers Being Souldiers of Contoo- 
cook Do Humbly Desire your Excellency to Grant to ^M r 
Tohn Rollins of said town a Captins Commission and Like- 



John 

wise a Let" - & Inslns Commishon to two other men of said 
town whome he the said Rollins shall nominate the Perform- 
ance whereof will Grately oblige your Humbel and Dutifull 
Sarvants 

Contoocook November y e 29/'' 
Jacob Flanders 



Ambrus Goold 
Josiah Bishup 
Enos Bi.-hup 
John Ellet 
Thomas Cook 
Ben more Dudy 
Thomas Esttnan 
Na thanei Da n to rd 
William Corner 
Jesse Flanders 
Thomas Manuel 
William Dogiden 
John Boin 

Jacob Flanders Junior 
John Fowler 



743 

Edward Fitchgaull 
John Flanders 
Moses Call 
Sinkler Been 
Daniel Rolf 
Ezekiel Flanders 
Richard Flood 
John Johnson 
Willan Peters 
Andrew Bohonon 
pa v id Barker 
William Danford 
John Call 
Nathanel Maloon 
Sam* Emmery 
William Emmery 



60 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Contoocook Petition for a land Tax for support of a 
minister. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire To the Honorable His majestys Council & 
House of Representatives in General assembly Convened 
the twelfth day of November 1747 

The Petition of the Proprietors of the Plantation calld Con- 
toocook in the Province of New Hampshire most humbly 
Sheweth — That your Petitioners have had a minister of the 
Gospel Setled among them for about the space of seven years 
That notwithstanding the Difficulties arising from the War he 
hitherto has -continued at said Plantation and would still con- 
tinue there if supported and maintained by the Proprietors 
That for want of a Law to enable and Impower the said Pro- 
prietors to Raise money and Collect the same for the support 
of the ministers there The Burden thereof lyeth on a few 
Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly pray your Excellency 
and Honours, That by a special act they may be authorized 
and Impowerd thereunto and that not only the Lands of the 
Residents but also of the non Resident Proprietors ma}- be 
rated towards the support of the Ministry there for such time 
and in such Proportion as shall be judged reasonable by your 
Excellency and Honours and your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound shall ever Pray &c 

Joseph Coffin, for and in 
behalf of the Committee of Said Proprietors. 

Nov 13 th 1747 In Council 

read & concurred orderd to be sent down to the Hon ble House 

Theodore Atkinson secy 



Petition for Authority to Collect Taxes. 

Province of 1 
New Hampshire / 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen- 
eral and Governour in Chief in and over said Province And 
To the Hon ble his Majesties Council and House of Repre- 
sentatives in General Court now Assembled 
The Petition of us the subscribers Humbly Sheweth that 
the Proprietors of the Town of Boscawen have at their meet- 
ing from time to time Voted sums of money as they thought 
needful to carry on their publick affairs & particularly a sum 
of money to purchase a Right of land in said Town of Bos- 
cawen for the Encouragement of the settling a gospel Minister 
in the Town The Right have been purchased and given to the 



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Rev. Mr. Robie Morrill The money have been Assessed and 
such original Right was proportionately Taxed And now for 
want of Legal power to Collect said money some part of said 
proprietors (notwithstanding their forwardness in voteing said 
money) neglects or Refuses to pay their Equal part thereof & 
for want of said money's being Collected and paid in there is 
an action in Law Commenced against said proprietors in order 
to recover said money which is greatly to the prejudice and 
Damage of the rest of said proprietors whoe have paid their 
ful part of said money & tends greatly to hinder the propaga- 
tion and Settlement of the Town Therefore We Humbly pray 
your Excellency Sc Honours -to Invest said proprietors with fill 
power & legal authority to Collect what money hath already 
been or Shall hereafter be voted by said proprietors for their 
use by makeing sale- of the Delinquent proprietors Land or in 
any other way your Excellency & Hon ;s in your great Wis- 
dom Shall think best and your petitioners as in Duty bound 
shall ever pray 

Dated Boscawen august 24 th 1765 

George Jackman Jun | Com t0 for said 
Thomas Carter j Proprietors. 



Province of ) 



In the House of Representatives Sep r 9 th 1767 



Nevv I lamps ) 

The within Petition being Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on their Petition the third day 
of the Siting of the General Assembly after the fifteenth day of Octo- 
ber next and that the Petitioners at their own Cost Cause the Sub- 
stance of v- Petition and order of Court to be printed three weeks suc- 
cessively "in the New Hampshire Gazett and Boston Gazett That any 
Person may appear and Shew Cause why the Prayer thereof should not 
be Granted 

M. Weare Cl r 

In Council SepteirT 11 th 1767 Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun Secy 

Province of \ T h H of Representatives Feb. y* i 9 t:i 1768 

-Sew Hamps j 

The within Petition being Considered and appearing Reasonable 
and no Objection made against it 

Voted That the Petitioners have liberty to Bring in a Bill to answer 
the Praver of the Petition _, 

M. Weare Cl r 

In Council Feb. 24 th 176S 
Read & concurred 

Geor King Dep Sec. 



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62 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition for a Justice of the Peace. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor & 
Commander in Chief .. of His Majesty's Province of New- 
Hampshire 

Whereas the Town of Boscawen in said Province has ever 
since it's .first Settlement heen destitute of a Commissionated 
Justice of the Peace,. Such an officer being often needed (more 
especially since our Late favourable. Incorporation by your 
Excellency ) we the Subscribers 8c Inhabitants of said Town 
Pray Your Excellency to Commissionate Mr. George Jack- 
man Tun r of said Town to be Justice of the Peace he having 
deserved well for several years Last past in the acceptable dis- 
charge of public Trust to him Committed And your Petition- 
ers Shall as iii Duty bound ever Pray 
Boscawen January 2o, :: ' 1766 

*Ezra Carter John Webster 

Petitioner tho' not an Inliahi- John Flanders 

tant of Boscawen William Emery 

Moses Foster * John Coser 

Petitioner tho' not an Inhabi- Thomas Corser 

tant of Boscawen Ephr m Woodbury 

John Fowler Je'sse Flanders 

Thomas Carter Stephen Call 



BOW. 

[Bow was ineorporateil 20 May 1727, by Xew Hampshire.— Ed.] 
Bo~v Remonstrance against Rumford Petition, 1749. 

Province of) 
New Hamp / 
To his Excelency Benning Wentworth Esq Capt. General 

Governour & Comander in Chief in & over his Majestys 

Province afores 1 & To the H.Qtt We his Majtys Council for said 

Province 

Humblv shew the Selectmen of the Township of Bow in 
the Province aforesaid in behalf of the said Town cS: thePro- 
prietors thereof that they have been Informed that a Petition is 
Preferred to your Excelency & Hon" Desiring therein that the ■ 
Inhabitants on a Tract of Land called Pennycook may be In- 
corporated and Infranctized with Town Previledges &c & that 
the bounds mentioned in the said Petition (as your Petitioners 
are Informed) makes great Infringement on Land belonging to 
& within the Charter of the s l Town of Bow Wherelore your 
Petitioners Humbly Pray that the said Petition from the People 
at Pennvcook may not be granted as asked for and that the 



TOWN PAPERS BOSCAWEX. &1 

Proprietors of Bow may have opportunity to shew to your 
Excelency & Hon rs The unreasonableness of the said Petition 
and your Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall ever Pray &c 
George Venseygur ( ?) ) Selectmen 
Abram Tiltox " j of Bow. 

februry y e 7 th Day 1749-50 



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Perambulation of the town lines of Bow, 

The purambleation of the Lines of the town of Bow as surveyed by 
me the Subscriber on or about the year 1749. I began at the Reputed 
Bound of the town of Chichester "at the head of Notingham 6c from 
thence Run north west four miles to the head of Epsom then there 
marked a maple tree with the word Bow & Sundry .Letters and from 
said tree which I Called the East Corner of said Bow I Run north west 
four miles to the west Corner of Chichester y> north east one mile to 
Canterbury South corner then north west five miles on said Canter- 
bury y < South west nine miles which Runs to North west of Rattle 
Snake hill and most of the pond that Lays on the north west side of 
said hill and said Line Crosses Hopkinton Road so called and tikes part 
of said town in then we marked a tree & F-un South Eastrive miles and 
marked a tree y''- one mile South west then South East four miles y :i 
north East nine miles to where we began 

Walter Bryaxt 

P. S. I Crossed marrimack River within two mile of Canterbury 
Line am found all the Inhabitance to the South of Canterbury & E^s't 
Marrimack which are in Rumford to be in Bow 



Petit ion of the Town of Bow, I/53-. 
Province of V 
New Kamp f 

To his Excellency Beirain'g Wentworth Esqr Capt General 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over sd Province 
and co the Honourable his Majesties Council *& House of 
Representatives of the aforesd Province now convened in 
General assembly at Portsmouth- in said Province as they 
stand Prorogued to the 30 r:i Day of October A. D. 1753 
We the Subscribers Humbly Beg leave to inform your Ex- 
cellency and Honours that att a meeting of the Free holders 
and Inhabitants of the town of Bow in sd Province held the 
25 th Day of July last past persuant to a special act of this Gen- 
eral Assembly for the calling sd meeting we were chosen 
Selectmen for sd. town for this currant year; And that since 
that time we have Received two Severall warrants from this 
Province Treasurer the first Dated May 30 th 1753 and the other 
Dated the zo ni Day of July 1753 by the first of which we are 
commanded in his Majesties name to assess the Sum ot sixty 
Pounds on Said Inhabitants and by the other .the sum. of thirty 



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64 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

one Pounds four Shillings. And tho' we are Ready, (and that 
with cheerfulness) To obey Every order of government yet 
that we are at a loss as to the Boundaries of sd. Bow and con- 
sequently Pont Know who the Inhabitants are that we are to 
assess sd sums upon, that the Prop rs of Bow in Running out 
the Bounds of sd town have as we conceive altered their Bounds 
several times, and further that one of those Gent 1 that pur- 
chased Capt. Tufton Masons Right to the Lands in sd Prov- 
ince has given it as his opinion that sd Prop" have not as yet 
Run out the Bounds of sd town agreable to their charter But 
that their South East side line should be carried up about three 
quarters of a mile further toward the northwest and there is 
lately (by his order) a fence erected a long some miles near 
about sd place Designed (as we suppose) as a Division Fence 
between sd Bow and land yet claimed by s 1 Purchasers and 
that on the other hand the Inhabitants of Penycook formerly 
Erected into a District by a special act of the General As- 
sembly of this Province (Tho they object nothing against 
submitting to order of Government) Refuse to give us An In- 
voice of their Estates (That is such of them as we have asked 
for the same) aledging that they Dontlayin Bow and that this 
sd assembly did as good as declare in sd District act So that 
upon The whole we humbly conceive (unless the pleasure of 
this Court is first made known Relating to the aforesd. affairs) 
that should we proceed to assess the afores' 1 sums on such as we 
may have concei 1 are the Inhabitants of sd Bow that many 
would Refuse to pay the Sums that should be so assessed on 
them and consequently that we should be thrown into so many 
Law suits as would" in all probability Ruine us as to our 
Estates. Therefore we humbly crave that your Excellency & 
Honours would take the afores' 1 affairs under your wise and 
mature consideration and fix the Boundaries of sd Bow or oth- 
erwise give us such directions as you shall think proper and so 
submitting the whole affair to your Excellency & Honours to 
do as you in your great wisdom shall think fit not doubting 
that you will give us such directions as if followed by us we 
may obey the commands laid on us by this court without the 
lest detriment to ourselves 

And your Petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever pray 

Moses Foster ") 
Bow Octob" y e 26 th 1753 John Coffin | 

Richard Easmax j> Selectmen 

David Abbot 

William Moor 



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TOWN PAPERS — BOSCAWEN. 65 

Prov. N. Hamp. Jany 10 th 1754 

In Council read & concurred bordered to be sent Down to the Honble 
assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
Province of ) T ,, , _ „ T 

New Hamps J house of Representatives January the 12 1754 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard on the within Petition on the 
Thirty first Day of January Instant if the General assembly be then 
Sitting if not then on the third Day of the Sitting of the General as- 
sembly next after the first Day of february next and that the Petitioners 
at their own Cost serve Moses Leavit Es.qr Clerk of the Proprietors of 
Bow with a Copy of this Petition & of the Orders thereon that the s 1 
Proprietors of Bow if they see Cause may appear & Shew Cause. if any 
they have why the prayer "of the Petition" should not be Granted 

Matthew Livermore Clerk 
In Council July. 12 th 1754 
read Sc concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 

Province of ) T , , , T c „ .. r , th 

New Hamos House of Representatives ieoy 20 th 1754 

One of the Selectmen of Bow bringing This Petition into the House 
and suggesting that there had not been convenient opportunity to serve 
the Clerk of the Propriety of Bow with a Copy of the Petition &c. & 
praying that the Petitioners might have a further time appointed for 
being heard 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard on their Petition on Friday next 
if the General assembly be then sitting if not then on the third day of 
the sitting of the General assembly next after & that they serve the Se- 
lect men of the Proprietors of Bow with a Copy of this Petition & of 
the order thereon that y- s d Proprietors of Bow if they see Cause may 
appear & shew Cause if any they have why the prayer of the Peti- 
tion rs should not be granted 

Matthew Livermore Clerk 

Eodem Die, 

In Council read & concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secv 



Warrant from the Treasurer of the Province. 1753. 
Province of ) To the selectmen of Bow in the Province of New Hamp' 
New Hamps j for the Current year of our Lord (1753) 

Pursuant to acts of General assembly of said Province pass'd in the 
Current year of his Majesties Reign, namely " To an act entitled an act 
for granting unto his most Excellent Majesty a Tax upon the Polls & 
Estates within this Province for raising the sum of twelve Thousand 
five hundred pounds new Tenor for the ends & purposes in this act 
mentioned and to an acfentitled an-actfor a new proportion of the Prov- 
ince Tax, to each Town & Parish within this Province of New Hamp r 
hereafter mentioned," — 

You are therefore in his Majesty's name hereby required by an equal & 
impartial assessment, to raise & levy upon the Polls & Estates (Rate- 
able bv law) within said Bow, the "sum of sixty pounds in new tenor 
Bills of Credit, on this Government, and Committ a list thereof to the 
Constable or Constables of said Bow; Requiring & directing the said 



Constable or Constables to Collect & pay the said sum in sai 



d Bills 



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i 

66 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Credit to the Treasurer of said Province for the time being, on, or be- 
fore, the last day of December next (viz) 1753 You are also Required 
some time before the last day of December aforesaid, to make a Return, 
to the said Treasurer, of the name or names, of the said Constable, or 
Constables, to whom you shall committ said List& the sum or sums, by 
him or them, Respectively to be paid, as aforesaid. 

Dated at Portsmouth, this thirtieth day of May, in the twenty sixth 
year of his Majesty's Reign Annoque Domini 1753 

Geo. Jaffrey Treas r 
I 

I 

Warrant to the Select??;en of Bozv, 1753 
Province of> 
New Hamp j 
To the Selectmen of Bow in the Province of New Hampshire : 

Pursuant to an act of the General Assembly of said Province pass'd 
in the eighteenth year of his Majesty's Reign Entitl'd "An act tor 
granting to his most Excellent Majesty the sum of thirteen thousand 
pounds "for promoting an Expedition against Louisbourg, and for put- 
ting his Majesty's Province in the best posture of Defence in the pres- 
ent war — " You are therefore in his Majesty's name hereby required, to 
make an equal & impartial assessment on all Polls Sc Estates, Rateable 
bv law, within said Bow, amounting to the sum of Thirty one pounds 
four shillings, Bills of Credit, Emitted by virtue of said act. and Committ 
a list thereof to the Constable or Constables of said Bow, requiring and 
Directing the said Constable or Constables, to Collect & Receive from 
the Inhabitants of said Bow their Respective assessments of said sum, 
the payment whereof may be made by said Inhabitants (if they see fit) 
in said bills of Credit, according to their Several Denominations, or in 
coined Silver at six shillings & eight pence pr ounce Troy weight of 
Sterling alloy, or in Coin'd Gold at four pounds eighteen shillings pr. 
ounce, °or in the following sorts & species of Goods, being of the 
produce or manufactures of s d Province at the price to each sort & specie 
herein Respectively affixed (namely) 
Merchand* Hemp per ct. £ 2 : 15 

Winter £ first fare Isle Sable Cod fish per qtl " 15 
Barr Iron per cw : 2 

Barley pr. Bushell " 4 

Indian Corn pr Bushell " 4 

Beef per. lb. " 0:3 

Merch* white pine Boards per M •■ 2 : 5 

Beeswax pr. lb. * 1 -"6 

Pitch pr Barrell 1 : 5 

Bav berry wax pr. lb * •' 3 

Tar br Barrel I 

Flax per lb I 

Rve pr Bushell : 5 : 

Wheat pr Bushell : 6 : 

Peas per Bushell : 8 : 

Pork per lb. . 4 

JovstprM 2(?) 

White oak 2 inch plank pr M 8:0:0 

Y" same proportion for thick 

Turpentine per Barrell 1 :I ° 

Tannd sole leather per lb. l : " 

You are also to Require the said Constable or Constables to Collect 



TOWN PAPERS — BOSCAWEN. 67 

and pay the said Assessments unto the Treasurer of said Province for 
the time being, by the Twenty fifth day of December next ensuing the 
Date thereof aad sometime before the "said 25 th day of December, make 
a Return no said Treasurer of the name or names of the Constable, or 
Constables, to whom you shall Commit* a List of said assessments, and 
the sum or sums by him or them Respectively to be paid as aforesaid — 
Dated at Portsmouth the 26' h day of July in the Twenty seventh year 
of his Majesty's Reign annoque Domini 1753 

Geo Jaffrey Treas r 



Petition of the Agents of. Bow for Loan of Money, 1754. 

Province of) T , 

Xe;vHam Pi *-ri754-. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capn. Gen 11 
Governor & Comander in ChiefF in & over his majestys 
Province of N. Hampshire afores' 1 The Honble his maj'ty 
Council & the General assembly of scl. Province 
Humbly Sheweth Clem* March Daniel Pierce & Zebulon 
Giddings as agents to & in behalf of the Proprietors of the 
Township of Bow in said Province That the s' : Proprietors 
Conienced an action of ejectment against one Merrill for the 
recovery of about Eight acres of Land Lying within the said 
Township of Bow that the said action was carryd thro' the 
Law here that your memorialist recovered judgment at the 
Superior Court of Judicature here on the review That the 
said Merrill had complained to his maj'ty in Council of his 
haveing been deny 1 an appeal from the said Judgement upon 
the review that his Maj'ty in Council was Pleased to order a 
hearing of the said action before him in Council sometime in 
the month oi October next at which time The said Proprie- 
tors are orcler'd to appear &c and as the Getting of Sterling 
money either by way of Bills of Exchange or silver is at Pres- 
ent very Difficult if to be obtained from Private Persons they 
Humblv Pray that they may obtain a Vote of the Governour 
Council and assembly for Lending of one hundred Pounds 
Sterling money to Defend their Title to the said land and they 
are ready to give such security to repay The same as The 
General'assembly shall Please to order or accept of and your 
Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever Pray 

Clem' March ) A 
Zeb» Giddings f for » Bow . 
D. Peircr. ) 
Prov. N. Hamps. 

In Council fuly 25 th 1754 

read & ordered to be sent Down to the Honb le the Gen 1 Assembly 
..:... . Theodore Atkinson Secv 






6S NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Vote for lending £100 Sterling to the Proprietors of 



Bozv, 1754. 
Province of ) T ,, TT _ _ 

New Hamp) In the House ot Representatives July 25 1754 

Whereas Clement March Esqr. Daniel Peirce Esqr and Mr. Zebulon 
Giddmgs as agents for the Proprietors of Bow have Petitioned the Gen. 
assembly of this Province to lend them the sum of one hundred Pounds 
Sterling money to enable them to carry on a suit before his Majesty in 
Council, now depending there between one Merrill and the s d Proprie- 
tors and signifyd in their Petition that they are ready to give such se- 
curity for the Repayment thereof as the Gen 3 ' assembly shall please to 
order Therefore Voted That Theodore Atkinson Richard Wibird and 
Meshech V\ eare Esqs and Mr. Henry Sherburne Junr. be and hereby 
are appointed a Committee they or "the major Part of them to draw "a 
Bill in favour of the s d Petitioners on John Thomlinson Esqr. agent 
for this Province at the Court of Great Britain for the sum of one hun- 
dred Pounds Sterling of the Interest in the hands of the sd. John 
Thomlinson Esqr belonging to this Government and that the s ! Clem- 
ent March Daniel Pierce and Zebulon Giddings Give security unto the 
s' 1 Committee for the payment of the sum of three hundred pounds 
Bills of credit new Ten" on this Province within one year from the 
date of sd Bill to be by them drawn as afores' 1 with six pr. cent Interest 
in like Bills and that the sd. Committee put the s' 1 Principal and Inter- 
est when ree'd into the Treasury of this Province (taking a Receipt for 
the same) and that the same be" burnt to ashes in the time of the Gen 1 
assembly in order to sink so much of the Bills of Credit of this Prov- 
ince, emitted for carrying on y e Intended Expedition against Canada 

Matthew Livermore Clerk 



In Council July 25 th 1754 

The foregoing vote read & concurred 



Theodore Atkinson Secy 
In Council July 25* Assented to 



B. Went worth. 



An act relating to Bozv. 

Province of 1 
New Hampshire /Anno Regni Regis Georgii Secundi Magna? Brit- 
taime Francis et Hibernue Vicessimo nono. 

An Act For assessing and Collecting the Province Tax due from the 
Town of Bow within said Province 

Whereas the General Assembly of this Province have Proportioned 
the Province Tax for the several Towns Districts and Parishes in this 
Province to pay as was thought most Just and Reasonable into the 
Province Treasury for several years past and have Directed the Province 
Treasurer from time to time to Issue his warrants Directed to the Select- 
men of the said Towns, Districts ^c Parishes to Assess their respective 
Towns, Districts and Parishes according to said act and the Laws and 
usage of this Province in such Ca->es and the said Selectmen to make 
out warrants to the Constables of such Towns Districts and Parishes 
to Collect the same as usual in the Province cC pay the same into the 
Province Treasury to answer the several- ends & purposes for which the 
said Taxes were Granted — But notwithstanding the care of the General 
Assembly in Providing a Supply for the Treasury in Season The Town 



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TOWN PAPERS — BOSCAWEN. 69 

of Bow in said Province have endeavoured to prevent the assessing and 

Collecting the Taxes aforesaid by neglecting or refusing duelv to Elect 
Select men Assessors & Constables or Collectors to assess and collect 
their proportion of the Province Taxes aforesaid and when the General 
assembly made a special act for calling a Town meeting and choosing 
Town officers in said Town of Bow in the year 1755 The said Town in 
Contempt of the Law and in Defiance of the Government Refused to 
meet at the time and place appointed by authority as aforesaid; By 
means whereof No officers were chosen and no Taxes are assessed in 
said Town of Bow nor have been for several years past and the Treas- 
ury of the Province Destitute of that just" proportion of the Taxes 
which the said Town of Bow ought to pay into the Province Treas- 
ury : For Remedy whereof and for the speedy assessing Collecting 

and paying into the Public Treasury of said Province the sum and sums 
which the said Town of Bow ought to pay into the same ; 

Be it enacted By his Excellency the Governour Council and Assembly 
That Ezra Carter & Moses Foster Esqrs and John Chandler Gentleman 
all of said Bow they or the Major part of them Be assessors to assess 
the Polls and Estates within the said Town of Bow as the Bounds and 
Limits of said Township were Run by Walter Bryant Surveyor in the 
year 1749 in a just and equal Proportion Agreeable to v e Laws £ usage 
of this Province, The sum of Five Hundred and eighty Pounds and six- 
teen Shillings New Tenor Bills of Public Creditor" this Province being 
the sum ordered to be paid by them into the said Treasury and in order 
to the said assessors obtaining the Best account of the Polls and Estates 
in said Town of Bow & to their making a just proportion according to 
their Best skill and Judgment — The said assessors or the major part of 
them are hereby directed to Post up Notifications in some public place 
or places within the said Town of Bow Ten days before they proceed to 
make the Said assessment that all persons may have opportunity (if 
they think fit) to give a True list or Inventory of their Polls and Rate- 
able estate within said Town to said assessors which if they or any of 
them shall neglect or refuse to do within that time the said assessors or 
major Part of them are hereby Impowered and directed to doom such 
Person or Persons in such sum and sums as the said assessors or major 
part of them shall Judge they ought to pay as their Proportion of the said 
Tax & of the Cost arising in about and concerning the assessing Col- 
lecting & Paying the Same which the said assessors or major part of 
them are hereby Directed and impowered to assess in Proportion toand 
with the said Tax or assessment and the said assessors are hereby Di- 
rected to be sworn to the faithful! Discharge of their office & Speedily to 
proceed in and make the said Tax or assessment with a Sufficient over- 
plus for costs and abatements and Deliver Lists of" said Rates or Tax 
with proper warrants to the Collectors hereafter named within this act 
and certifie the sums in each respective list to y Treasurer of said Prov- 
ince within two months next ensuing and the said assessors in their 
warrants are to Direct the said Collectors to Collect and pay in unto the 
Province Treasurer the aforesaid Sum of five hundred and Eighty 
Pounds & Sixteen Shillings New Tenor Bills of said Province at or be- 
fore the Last day of December next and account with the said assessors 
for y ! overplus (if any be) and the said assessors to report their doin'gs 
herein to the Gen'- Assembly as soon as may be 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That Timothy 
Walker and John Naves bothof said Town of Bow shall be and hereby 
are appointed the Collectors of said Tax or assessment and that they 
Collect and pay in the sum & sums in their respective lists in time and 
manner aforesaidon Penalty of forfeiting and paying into the Province 
Treasury for his Majesty's use the sum in "their respective lists men- 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



ticmed And in collecting the same & any part thereof The said Col- 
lectors are hereby Authorized to use and exercise all v Powers and 
Authoritys in the Law Given to Constables in this Province for their 
Collecting y e Publick Taxes and if any of said Collectors meet with 
any opposition in y a executing their office or if the persons rated or any 
of them shall secreet their Goods and chattels or use any means to pre- 
vent the Collecting of this Tax in manner aforesaid it shall be Law- 
full for such Collectors respectively to sue the person or Persons so re- 
fusing before any Justice of the Peace in Said Province and any Jus- 
tice of the Peace shall k may hear & Determine the same give Judgnv 
therein & award Execution thereon in which no essoin Protection or 
wager of Law shall be allowed & no other Evidence Necessary than 
the list of rates under the hands of said assessors or major part of them 
to Convict & y- oath of y e Collector that the same has been Demanded 
four days & not paid and which' Demand maybe made by asking the 
same of the Person or Leaving an aeco't of the sum of each respective 
Persons rate in such list at the usual place of the Abode of v Person rated 
four Days before any Distress or Suit made for y' same in manner afore- 
said % 

And be it further enacted by the Authority afosesaid that if the 
said assessors shall neglect or refuse to Do their Duty in making said 
Rate or Tax and refusing their acc't of the same as aforesaid Thet Prov- 
ince Treasurer is hereby authorized required and Directed to issue his 
Warrant of Distress Directed to The Sheriff of said Province his under 
Sheriff or deputy to Levy said sum of Five hundred and eighty Pounds 
sixteen shillings upon the Goods, Chattels or Lands of said assessors 
Sc in want thereof on their bodies & y Sheriff under Sheriff or Deputy 
is hereby authorized Impowered and directed to execute the same ac- 
cordingly and pay y e said sums into the Treasury 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that if any Per- 
son giving in to y" said Assessors a list or Inventory of their rateable 
Polls or Estates shall be guilty in the Judgement of the said Assessors 
or Major part of thern of giving in a false iist or Inventory of the Rate- 
able Polls & Estate the said Assessors or Major part of them are hereby 
Impowered and Directed to add to the Rate of Such Person as a fine 
not exceeding twenty shillings to be collected with said Rate or Tax for 
and towards Defraying v charges attending the same which line shall 
be over and above" what the said assessors shall think reasonable to 
Doom such persons as their Proportion to said Rates and for the service 
of the said assessors in Doing their Duty as in this act is required they 
& Each of thern, shall be entitled to have and receive cut of what they 
shall so assess the sum of seven Pounds & Ten shillings New Tenor 
each of them and each of the said Collectors to be allowed out of said 
assessment by them to be Collected the sum of fifteen Pounds New 
Tenor each of them for such their Service; and to prevent any Incon- 
veniency by said Town of Bow their not choosing Town officers for 
several years past, Be it enacted, by the authority aforesaid that the 
said assessors or major part of them a're hereby Impowered and Directed 
to Notinethe Free holders and Inhabitants of said Town of Bow Quali- 
fied according to Law to Vote in Town affairs to meet at such time and 
place in said Town of Bow as they shall order and direct some time in 
V month of March next in the year 1756 to choose selectmen Consta- 
bles & all other Town officers oc to pass any vote or votes as they Law- 
fully might at any town meeting regularly warned and their votes acts 
& choice of officers Shall be as good & effectual in Law to all intents & 
purposes as if they had not neglected to choose officers iu times past- 






TOWN PAPERS BOSCAWEX. *J I 

Pursuant to an act of the Gen" ! Court of the Province of New Hamp r 
I the Subscriber Warned a meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants 
of Bow for the choice of Town Officers and atcended the same as Mod- 
erator at the Place and time appointed for said meeting which was y e 
22d of April last but there was but one Inhabitant of said Bow that at- 
tended the Place and time of meeting by which means no Town Officers' 
are chosen for the present year to assess the said Inhabitants their pro- 
portion to the Province Tax agreeable to Law 

JON 1 LOVEWELL 

Portsmouth Mav y e 2C th 17 ?c. 



Petition for a ne~v survey of Lots. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Gov r & Com- 
mander in Chiefe in & over his majes 9 Prov. of New Hamp 
The Hon le his Majestys Council & House of Representatives 
for sd Prov. in Gen 1 Assembly convened Jan. the first day 
I 757 

The Humble Petition of Daniel Pierce Esq r Tho s Wiggiii 
& Daniel Marston Gent 11 Will im Pottle Blacksmith & Benf 
Norris Yeoman as a Committee of the Prop' - " of y- Town of 
Bow in s d Province Shews That there are many Persons whcx 
claim a Right to Lands in Said Township by Titles not de- 
rived from s l Proprietors & some who have made considerable 
Improvements there with whom the said Proprietors have had 
many expensive Suits at Law which has much impeded the 
settlement of said Township — That many of the said claim- 
ers & settlers particularly those who hold under the Proprie- 
tors of Suncook (so called) are desirous (as they say) of an 
accommodation & settlement of these Disputes Sz to be- 
come not only Inhabitants of said Bow but to hold their Title 
under that of s l Bow & no more to call it into Question which 
the Proprietors of Bow are as desirous to have effected & have 
taken many steps to that Purpose being sensible, that these Dis- 
putes will "finally prove more detrimental to themselves if ended 
by y e Law tho' in their Favour than any reasonable Conces- 
sions That notwithstanding the amicable & peaceable Disposi- 
tions of y e Parties concern' d there are Impediments which 
prevent the good effects that might be expected to result from 
such a temper which however willing they are not able to re- 
move which your Petitioners beg Leave shortly to represent. 
That the Home Lots or first Division in s d Township of Bow 
which were laid out for forty acres each by some mistake fall 
short as to some of them which contain not much more than 
half that Quantity- and y e lots laid out by the Prop™ of Sun- 
cook run across these oblikeiy so that one of those interferes 
with several of these in many Places That by this means one 



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7 2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

I 

Person has to agree with several for his particular Lot & some 
of those are minors with whom no valid agreement can be 
made & the Proprietors of Bow are willing those who have 
made any considerable Improvements there (tho' they have done 
it in Judgment of Law in their own wrong) should enjoy the 
Fruit of their Labour That quieting the Possessors (who 
have improved as afores d ) on equitable Terms will tend much 
to promote the Settlement of said Township raise y e Value of 
of the Land & save the great Expense which inevitably attends 
Contention which desirable end cannot be obtained by any way 
that your Petitioners can discover unless the laying out of 
some of sd. Home Lots by .the Prop rs of Bow should be an- 
nulld & vacated which seems to be necessary to do Justice to 
some of the owners by reason of the mistake aforesaid as well 
as for the other Ends before proposed 

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray that the laying out 
of the said Lots the Return & Record thereof as done by y e 
said Proprietors of Bow (or so many of them as may be neces- 
sary for y* ends aforesaid) maybe entirely annulled, & vacated 
that your Petitioners or some others may be enabled to lay out 
other unimproved Lands in said Township sufficient to be a 
^ust equivalent to the owners of s' 1 Home Lots under the said 
"Proprietors That the Land so laid out for said Home Lots 
may be taken, deemed & adjudged as common Laud so far as 
relates to them or those claiming under them that they may be 
authorized to dispose thereof as they might have done if it had 
not been by them laid out as aforesaid in order for the proposed 
accommodation & agreement or so far as is Necessary to answer 
y e desirable Ends proposed and that your Petitioners may 
have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly and they shall as 
in Duty bound ever pray &c 

Benj :1 Norris D. Pierce 

William Pottle Thomas Wiggin 

Daniel Marston. 

In Council July 6, 1757 

read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon M « Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 

Province of ) In the House of Representatives Jan 7, 1757. 
New Hamps /The within Petition being Read 

Ordered that the Petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the 
Sittino- of the Gen^ 1 Assembly next after the first Day of February 
Next & That the Petitioners at their own Cost & Charge cause the sub- 
stance of this Petition with this order of court thereon to be published 
in the New Harnp r Gazette two weeks successively that any Person or 
Persons may appear at said Hearing & shew Cause if any they have 
why the prayer thereof should not be Granted 

J r J Andrew ClarKSon Clerk 

In Council Eodem Die 
read Sc concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Sec. 



TOWN PAPERS BOSCAWEN. 



73 



Province of \ 
New H'amps j In the House of Representatives Feb 3 d 1757 

This petition being read & its appearing that the order of Court had 
been Comply'd with, No person appearing against said Petition, &3ow 
Committee the petitioners being fully heard thereon therefore 

Voted That the prayer of the petition be granted & that the Petition- 
ers have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

Andrew Clarkscn Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 

Read & Concurred 

R. Wibbird Secv. 



'Inventory .of . JSow and Canterbury i*j6i. 
An Invoice of the Polls, Stocks and improved Lands in the Town- 
ship of Bow, (1) taken by us the Subscribers according to the best of 
our knowledge 

Polls 154 

Houses 91 

Planting Ground 341 acres 
Mowing Land 49S acres 
Orciiardiner 



Oxen 

Cows 

Negroe 



16 acres 
160 
222 

6 
6 mills yearly incom 



Cattle 3 years old 


85 


Do 2 years old 


90 


Do 1 Year old 


103 


Horses 


77 


Do 3 years old 


12 


Do 2 years old 


13 


Do i year old 


10 


Pasture Land 


150 acres 



Ezekiel Morrill \ Selectmen 
Thomas Clough j for Canterbury 

(1) The township of Eow, at this time, included a large part of Rurr.ford. See 
Hist, of Concord, pp. 219, 220.— Ed. 

An Invoice of the Polls; Stocks and improved Lands in the Town- 
ship of Canterbury taken by us the Subscribers according to the best 
of our knowledge. 

Cattle 3 years old 22 



Polls 


57 


Houses 


33 


Planting Land 


62 acres 


Mowing Land 


1S9 Do 


Orchard Land 


4 Do 


Pasture Land 


146 


Oxen 


5? 


Cows 


9 s 


One 


Negro 2 



~Do 


2 years old 


29 


Do 


1 year old 


37 




Horses 


35 


Do 


3 years old 




Do 


2 years old 


4 


Do 


1 vear old 


6 



Bovj 




Polls 


£2770 


Land 


5o- 


Houses 


23* 


Oxen 


4S0 


Cows 


444 


3 yr old 


145 


2 "Do 


103 



2 Mills yearly income £20 

Ezekiel Morrill "J Selectmen 
Thomas Clough - for 

Ephraim Hackett j Canterbury 
Canterbury 



Potls 


£1026 


Land 


200 


Horses 


10; 


Oxen 


156 


Cows 


196 


3 rr old 


33 


2 "Do 


Zl 






74 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Bow. 
I Do 

Slaves 


$6 : 10 

96 

4S2S : 10 
1000 Doom 


1 Do 

Slaves 


Canterbury. 

21 : 10 
1 6 




1737 
300 Doom 




£5828 : 10 


£2087 



Petition of Ed"* Ricssel & others. 
To His Excellency Bennjng Wentworth Esq. Captain Gen- 
eral, Governor &. Commander In Chief In and over his 
Majesty's Province of New Hampshire, To the Hon'' 1 - his 
Majesty's Council and House of Representatives for said 
Province, Convened in General Assembly June i2 ri! 1764 
The Petition of Edward Russell, Solomon Heath and 
Thomas Chandler all of Bow in said Province Humbly Shew- 
eth That the Petitioners have lately Settled themselves on 
some of the Uncultivated Land in said Town of Bow where 
they still remain Hardly able to support themselves and Fam- 
ilies 

That the Petitioners understand there is a Very Great Prov- 
ince Tax laid on the Inhabitants of Said Town of Bow the last 
year, this Present year & the next year for their Delinquency 
for the space of seven or Eight years last past a Proportion of 
which Tax if Laid on the Petitioners would almost Ruin them 
and oblige them to Quit their Said Settlements. Wherefore 
the said Petitioners Humbly pray your Excell'y & Hon 1 ' 3 to 
take their Circumstances under Consideration and Relieve 
them from paying any Proportion of the said Tax In such 
manner as Your Exceli'y & Hon r ' shall in your Grext Wisdom 
& Clemency see tit. And your Petitioners as in Duty bound 
shall ever pray &c 

Epw d Russell for Himself 
and Behalf of y e Rest 

Province of ") In Council June 14 th 1764 

New Hamp / Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon We House 

T. xVtkinson Jun Secy 

Province of ) In the house of Representatives June I4 ,: ' 1764 
New Hamps /Upon Read'g' the within petition 

Voted that the petitioners be heard thereon the Second Day of the 
sitting of the Gen 1 Assembly after the first day of Aug. next lX that the 
petitioners at their own Cost Serve the selectmen of Pembrook Ezra 
Carter Esq" & Capt. Jn" Chandler of said Bow who are by Act appointed 
to make the Assessments for the Tax Referred to in the within petition 
with a Copy of this petition *X order of Court thereon that they may 
appear & Shew Cause if anv they have why the prayer thereof should 
not be Granted and further 'it is Re.-oived that the Collectors appointed 









TOWN PAPERS — BOSCAWEN. 75 

for Collecting said Tax shall forbear Collecting the proportion assessed 
on the within Petitioners untill the time herein appointed for a hearing 

H. Sherburne Speaker 
In Council June 15, 1764 read Sz concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun Secj. 

Province of \ In the house of Representatives Jan y e 9, 1765, A. M. 
New Hamps j This petition being Read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted & that the petitioners have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Jany 10 1765 
Read &, Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun Secy. 



Petition of Joseph Baker & Philip Eastman. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r governor and 
Commander in Chief in & over his majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire TheHon ,,le his majesty s Council and house 
of Representatives for said Province in general Assembly 
Convened the First Day of May A. d. 1764. 
The Humble Petition of Joseph Baker & Philip Eastman 
Sence it has Pleas'd your Honours to Appoint us the Sub- 
scribers to Collect the Tax that was Appointed for the Inhab- 
itants of Bow to Pay into The Treasury we would inform your 
Honours That we Have Taken the utmost Care to Collect the 
money but we have not as yet Collected The whole and we 
would Beg your Patience a Little while Longer and we will 
assure your Honours that we will Do our utmost Endeavor to 
to fulfill your command, furthermore we would Inform your 
Honours that there is within the Lines of Rumford about 
Twenty Poles who say that They are without Esq r Bryent's 
Line that he Ran in the year forty Xine & for that Reason 
They Refused to give in their Envoises Gentlemen we Conceive 
that we Shall be very much hurt By Neglecting our own 
Business and we should be very glad if your Honours would 
Take it into your wise Consideration and order the Assessors 
to Put them into our Lists and Bestow it upon us or help us in 
any other way which your honours in your grate wisdom Shall 
Think Best and your Petitioners Shall Ever Pray 

Joseph Baker 
Philip Eastman. 

Prov. of New Hamps 
May 2 d 1764. 
read & sent down to the Hon bIe Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 



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Petition of Selectmen of Bozv to be easd from being Rated 

ivith Concord. Aug- 28., 1767. 
To His Exceieucy John Wentwortli Esq r Captain General 

Governor and Commander In Chief In and over His majes ties 

Council and House of Representatives Convened in General 

Assembly 

The Petition of the Selectmen of Bow in Behalf of themselves 
and Inhabitants of s 1 Bow Exclusive of such as are Set of into 
Parishes ; Humbly Sheweth that we Have Town officers agree- 
able to Bow Charter and are Ready and willing to assess Col- 
lect and Pay our Proportion of Publick Charges with other 
Towns In this Province your Petitioners Have Been and are 
Now Greatly abused by being Rated with Concord. for Their 
Select men are y a major Part of the assessors and they make 
the Rate as they see titt 

Wherefore the sd. Petitioners Humbly and Earnestly Prays 
your Exceiency and Honours to take their Distressed Carcom- 
stances under Consideration and Releave Them From Being 
Rated any Longer with Concord in Such manner as your Ex- 
ceiency and Honours Shall in your Great wisdom and Clem- 
ency see Fitt and Your Petitioners as in Duty Bound Shall 
Ever Pray 

Samuel Rogers ~) c , . woM 

o T ,r ! belect men 

Samuel Welch ,- r -p 

E A r V Oi. l}OW 

piiRAiM Moony J 

In Council August 2S tL 1767 

Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon hie House 
T. Atkinson Tun. Secv 



BRENTWOOD. 

[Brentwood, formerly part of Exeter, was incorporated 26 June, 1742. 

For various other Papers relating- to this Town, see those under Exeter. Eo.] 

Names of persons in Brentwood desiring a Parish. 

Brintwood, July 1 1 , 1743. 
We the Subscribers Do hereby signifie that we Realy Ex- 
pected and also Desired to stand by the Act of the General Court 
in making of us a Parish But yet we perceive that the hon ble 
Corte have bin Enformed by Sundry Parsons that the major 
Part of the -Parish are Dissatisfy'd in what is done in that 
afair this is to Shew it is not so. 



TOWN PAPERS — BRENTWOOD. 



77 



John Roberds 
Joseph Leivetfc 

Th o m a s G o r d e n 
John Mar-?h 
Roberci Young- 
Edward Stevens 
Daniel Giles 
Israel Smith 
John Been 
Nicholas Gorden 
John Folsham 
Ithial Smith 
Moses Fineld 
David Bean 
Samuel Roberds 
Samuel Jones ' ' 
Charles Young 
Ben}" Vesey 
Jeremiah Bean 
Bi ley Harvey 
John Giles 
Benj J Roberds 
John Roberds 
David Smith 
Jonathan Smith 
John Smith 
Josiah Moody 
Zackiriah Jade ( ?) 
Nath eI Folsham 
J a m e s D u d 1 ey j u n 
Joseph Gose" 
Benj 1 Scribner 
Ebenezer Hutchison 



Elisha Sanborn 
James Young 
Bony 1 Fifield 
Bridget Smith 
Thomas Scritchet 
Abraham Smith 
Gorg Roberds 
James Dudley 
Joel Judkins 
Roberd Brown 
Joseph Atkinson 
.Jacob Smith 
Jabez Clough 
James Glovd 
Nicholas Dollof 
Alexander Roberds 
William Gran by ( ?) 
Daniel Sanborn 
Jon :l Roberson 
William Smith 
Jon- Tailer 
Natrv Fresco tt 
Jon 1 Cram 
Jeremiah Row 
Jedediah Prescott 
James Robenson 
Daniel Tilton 
John James 
Joseph Giles 
Ilenery Marsh 
Job Ken is tone 
John Mudgit 



Petition of tke inhah x% of the North /'art of Brentioood 
about a meeting-house. 

To his Excell'y Berming Wentworth Esq r Gov 1 ' & Comand r in 
Chief m & over his Maj ts Province of New Hampshire And 
to the Hon Me his ]NIaj ties Council, & Representatives In Gen 11 
Court assembled 

We the Subscribers Freeholders & Inhabitants of the North- 
erly part of the parish of Brintwoocl in the Province aforesaid 
Do Humbly crave leave of y r Excell'y & hon 1 '- to lay this our 
humble Remonstrance of our distressed circumstances before 
your ExcelFy & Hon" as follows viz. 

Many of us Living four or five Miles -Distant from Exeter 
meeting House, have attended the Publick Worship of God at 
that House for many years past, with great Difficulty, & our 
Familys Encreasing made it much more difficult especially in 
the Winter Spring and fall of the yeare Wherefore About eight 






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years ago we with Several of the Southerly part of said Parish 
Erected a House for the Pubiick Worship of God in the most 
suitable place as they then tho't and we now do think to Carry 
on the Pubiick Worship in And accordingly at our own charge 
have Carryed on the Same in the Winter, Spring & fall of the 
yeare ever since as we had for four years, or thereabouts before 
Erecting said House carryd on the Pubiick Worship in a 
Private House Standing neare our Pubiick Meeting House 

And about last February was twelve month, the Freeholders 
and Inhabitants of the Southerly part of Brintwood aforesaid 
Petitioned the Town of' Exeter aforesaid to be set off as a 
Parish contrary to the will & desire of most of us, & said Town 
of Exeter Granted their said Petition, notwithstanding mahv 
of us Disented "therefrom, And their said Petition being 
Granted, they afterwards applyed to your Excell'y & FIon"for 
a Charter for said Parish, which was granted them Contrary 
to our Desier. and greatly to our hurt. And we also bavins: 
Earnestly Petitioned your. Excell'y 8c.Hori' :i that we might be. 
permitted to Continue to Carry on the Pubiick Worship of 
God in our said House, and to be set off by such Boundaries 
as your Excelly & Hon" Should think meet, & to be Exempted 
from all Charge towards the meeting and ministry in the South- 
erly p : of Said Parish &c, as by our Petition lying before y r 
Excelly & Hon'" in your Honb d Court may appear. Which 
Petition the Hon hle House of Representatives have seen meet 
to Dismiss And also your Excell'y & Hon 1 ' 3 having appointed 
a Comittee of four Gerv two out of Each House to Prefix the 
place where the meeting Flouse ought to Stand, Three of said 
Gen 1 have been and made Return but is accounted voyd by 
your Exell'y & Hon™ For that the Comitee did not all Joyn 
in their Return & for which Reason our Petition was also 
Dismist. Wherefore our case at present Seems very hard & 
Difficult, we having been at such cost to Erect our said House 
and to maintain Preaching in it hitherto & the Minister also 
who hath hitherto preached tons beimgatour Earnest desire wil- 
ling to Continue with us in the Ministry. If your Excelly & 
. Hon ri will in your great Wisdome take this our Remonstrance 
of our Difficult Circumstances in our Present Meeting House 
not being Established Si our aforesaid Petition not being 
Granted & the great Charges and Difficulties we hitherto have 
and still do Labour under, under your Excelly & Hon" wise 
Consideration & be pleased to grant us Relief herein as in 
your Great Wisdom you shall so meet And as in Duty Bound 
we your Excellys & Hon" most obedient Humble servants 
shall ever Pray &c 

Dated at Brintwood June 27 th Anno Dom 1743. 



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TOWN PAPERS — BRENTWOOD. 

Andrew Gillman John George 

Wilson Echv 1 Thing 

Edvv 1 Colcord Dan' 1 Quimby 

Nich" Dudley Sarrah Gorden 

Antipas Gilman John JLeavit 

Tim" Leavitt James Stephens 

Benp Gillman Joseph Hoit 

Sam 1 Edge.rly Joshua Bean 

Sam 1 Dudley John Mogridge 

Joii* Thing John Hilton 

Stephen Levit Ithiel Clifford 

Jonsia Thing Sam ,! Smith 

Jon* Wad-ley Dan ! Wormal 

Nich Dudley Jun r Marthy Bean 

JeremJ 1 Besja Haley Stephens 

John Dudley • Jer' a Gillman Junr 

In the House of Representatives July I st 1743. The within Petition 
read A: considered on & Voted That Eleazer Russell" Esqr Mark Lang- 
don Gen* A: Noah Barker of Stratham be a Committee tojoyn Such as 
the Hori bIe the Council shall app' to go to the Parish of Brentwood, and 
view the Situation of said parish; and see whether it will be most con- 
venient for the Inhabitants thereof to be Divided into two Parishes, or 
whether the whole shall meet at the meeting House already Built for 
some Li nutted time, or to Conclude upon some other method that they 
shall think to be for the best good of the said P's'h. In order for their 
being Settled in Peace, and that they make Report to the Gen" ass ,u 
the third day of the Sitting of the Gen" Ass ,[ at their next Sessions and 
that the Petitioners be at the charge of the Comittee and that the Peti- 
tioners Serve the Select men of Brentwood with a Copy of this Petition 
& Votes, that they may Notife the Parish of these proceedings and that 
those that will dispute? what is acted may appear at the day above said. 

James Jeffry Cle'*' Ass ,n 
Eod n Die In Council Read and Concurrd & the above said Comittee 
hereby Established & Impowered for the End above said 
Eod' n Die Assented to B. Westworth Theodore AtkinsonSecy. 
Copia Examined Theo 1 Atkinson Secy. 

Province of Hamp r Sep. 22 l 1743. 

Pursuant to the within order we have been to the Parish of Brent- 
wood Sz viewed the same, & Considered the Circumstances thereof & 
think it best to Continue them at the old meeting House for the.tearm 
of four years. 

Eleazer Russell 
Mark Langdon 
Noah Barker 

In the House of Representatives 7 br the 23 d 1743 

The above Return read And Voted That the Return be accepted, and 
that they Continue at the old Meeting House for the Space of four 
years and at the Expiration thereof, The Major Part of the legal Voters 
in said parish at that time Shall set the Meeting House for Pubiick 
Worship where they think Proper. 

James Jeffry Cl r Ass m . 

In the House of Representatives Decern 1- 3 1 1743. 

Voted That this Petition and all the Proceedings thereon be Dis- 
missed. 

James Jeffry Ch Ass m 



SO NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition of Elisha, Sanborn about Brentwood 1745 
To the Honb 1 [e the House of Representatives for the Province 

of New Hampshire in General assembly conven'd April 2 d 

*745 : 

Tlie Petition of Elisha Sanborne of the Parish of Brintwood 
In Said Province Yeoman as agent for said Parish Humbly 
Shews 

That the Said Parish was made & Incorporated by an act of 
the Gen 1 Assembly made & passed iny e Sixteenth Year of His 
Majestys Reign by Metes & Bounds Set forth in said act being 
before part of the old Parish or Town of Exeter. That Since 
the Said Parish was so Incorporated His Excellency the Gov- 
ernor has been pleased (by & with the advice of the Council) 
to grant a Charter for Erecting and Incorporating part of the 
afores' 1 parish of Brintwood Into another Parish by the name 
of Keeneborough whereby great part of the Inhabitants of 
Brintwood Conceive themselves Discharged from paying 
Taxes & Doing any other Duty within the Parish of Brint- 
wood & Claim the powers authority's ■& Priviledges of a Parish 
within the Limits given by the said Charter the coriseauence 
of which is many persons are doubly tax'd & great Debates 
& strifes have & are likely to arise. That the Parishioners of 
Brintwood apprehend that not only their powers authority's & 
priviledges are made null if the said Charter be good, but the 
act of Incorporation aforesaid is also Defeated & Superseeded 
which greatly affects the Rights ec Priviledges of this House 
& in them all the King's subjects in this Province That the 
said Parishioners foresee a wide Field of Law opening before 
them hereby (one of' their Number having been already Im- 
prisoned for Rates made in Consequence of the afores' 1 Char- 
ter) which they Should be glad to avoid if it could be without 
giving up their Just Rights Wherefore your Petitioner in be- 
half of his principals prays the advisement of this Hon bl8 
House in the premises that some scheme may be Pursued In 
Conjunction with the other Branches of the Legislature as may 
settle these Disputes (but just beginning) upon such a founda- 
tion as is agreeable to the Constitution & on which a lasting 
peace may be built & Your Petitioner In behalf of his Constit- 
uents Shall Ever pray &c 

Elisha Sanborn. 



Remonstrance against Keenborough Patent. 

Province of) 
N. Hump' / 

To His Exc ly The Gov r and the Hoti' 1 - the Council May it 
Please your Ex Sc Honors 
On the 2 ' Day of the last month Elisha Sanborn of y e par- 



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TOWN PAPERS — BRENTWOOD. Si 

ish of Brentwood in s d prov. Yeoman as agent for said Parish 
represented to this House in way of Petition that the said Par- 
ish &c (here recite the Petition at large) * * * * 
Which Petition of the said Elisha in Part above recited we 
have taken into our most mature Consideration together with 
authenticated copys of the said act and Charter mentioned in 
said Petition with such other Evidence as the Petitioner has 
thought fit to lay before this House in support thereof, by 
which it manifestly appears to us, that there was an act or 
Law made and past by the Gov r Council and represen tve of 
this Province dated the day of 17 by which a Part 

of the Town of Exeter was incorporated into a Parish named 
of Brintwood by metes and Bounds, and that the Inhabitants 
within said Bounds, were to duty Parish Duty, ? and receive 
parish privileges in said Brentwood, and were exonerated from 
parish Duty in the Parishes whereto they belonged before the 
Date of said Law : That Discontent soon arose among the 
Parishioners of s 1 Brentwood about the Place of fixing their 
meeting House, which occasioned a new Petition to the Gov- 
ernor Council and Gen. assembly dated the day of 17 , 
for a minor Part of said Parishioners prayer, to have the said 
Parish divided into two Parishes but that which was offered in 
support thereof appearing frivolous to the General assembly, 
the said Petition was by them ordered to be dismissed : That 
afterwards (viz) on the day of 17 The discontented 

Party petitioned anew to His Exc ly and Council regardless of 
the General assembly (one Branch of the Legislature) pray- 
ing again for a Division of s' 1 Brentwood into Two Parishes, 
which your Ex. and Council (without the Gen 1 assembly) 
were pleased to take Cognizance of, and on the day of 
17 to grant a Charter tinder the Province Seal to the said 
Petitioners, incorporating another Parish named Keenbor- 
ough bv metes and Bounds and exonerating the Inhabitants of 
said Keenborough from their Parish Duty in Brentwood 
which they Were obliged to do and perform there by Law, 
which charter so far This House looks upon as an attempt to 
abrogate and supersede a Law in Part, and thereby an open 
Usurpation of a Power appertaining to the Gen assy in Con- 
junction with the Gov r and Coun. and a manifest invasion of 
the Just rights and Privileges of the People whom we repre- 
sent, and an InfringenVt on the rights of the Parishioners^ of 
Brentwood, and an oppression of them in particular, which 
we think ourselves obliged to take notice of in Duty to His 
Majesty, in faithfulness to our Constituents and in Justice & 
Honour to ourselves and to remonstrate against it. We do 
therefore earnestly request your Ex c >" and Honours, seriously 
to reconsider this* matter, and to recall the Keenborough Grant 



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and thereby put an end to the Strifes already commenced, and 
a stop to others ready to break out in consequence thereof and 
also to save this House the Trouble of saying or acting further 
on upon it, for as we are the representatives of a free° protes- 
tant People and as such the Guardians of their Privileges, we 
esteem ourselves obliged to make a stand ag >r every attempt made 
to deprive them of their just Rights, and particularly we shall 
think ourselves inexcusable in case your Ex 1 *" and Hon™ should 
not relieve us if we should not apply to His most Excellent 
majesty who is graciously pleased to esteem his own Preroga- 
tives and his Subjects Privileges equally dear to him for a 
remedy, and we esteem ourselves more "especially obliged to 
take this step (if your Ex & Hon rs don't prevent it) as it is 
not the first Instance wherein your Excellency has attempted 
to invade our rights Witness your Endeavours to get the pro- 
vincial Reeords of Deeds into your Hands, or at least to have 
the Disposal of them, which are no other than the Peoples 
Evidences of their Titles to their Land Estates and therefore 
according to the rules of common sense and Reason, ought to 
be in their own several keepings if it could be, but as it can't 
they ought to be disposed of by them who are the Proprietors 
of their Evidences as well as of their Estates. Another^ In- 
stance was your Excellency's Endeavor to augment the num- 
ber of members of this House by your own mear arbitrary 
Power, without any Lav,' enabling you so to, or any colour of 
authority from His majesty for your so doing that was ever 
made known to us, to which may be added your Excellency's 
causing a number of men to scout on y e west side of merri- 
mack River lastsummerbefore A Grant was made for their Pay 
and Subsistance, and which we humbly apprehend your Excel- 
lency could not rationally expect ever would be and the scout- 
ers remain to this Day without wages and those that subsisted 
them without their pay for it whether this is not oppressive 
we leave to the wisest Judges to determine. Proceedings of 
this nature will cast no blame on us, but it gives us Concern, 
that any office must bear the Records of such Conduct were it 
possible for us to entertain so dishoir 1 " a Thought as that a 
Vote could be past at the Council Board, and the Voters not 
be fully apprised of your directions without maturely delib- 
erating on the materials it was built with we should have at 
Once concluded, that the Vote for Keenborough Charter was 
such an one. May it please y r Ex and Hon" we crave Leave 
to repeat our request to you for a reconsideration of the Keen- 
borough affair and that you will be pleased to do what is just 
and right therein to quiet the minds of the People to stay the 
Strifes already begun and to prevent other Divisions that are 
like to arise — we are Zealouslv concerned that Love and Peace 



TOWN PAPERS — BRENTWOOD. 83 

may be cultivated in the Province and a Harmony in the ad- 
minrstration, that the Prerogative may always rest" secure that 
the Infractions made on our Privileges may be healed, and 
that they may ever hereafter remain safe and inviolate. 



Charter of Keeuboroagh. 

Province of } George the Second by the grace of God of Great Britain 
New Hamps / France and Ireland" King Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all to whom these Presents Shall come Greeting For as much as 
it hath been Represented to us -by Capt. Andrew Gilman and other In- 
habitants of the parish of Brentwood that great disorders have arisen 
in said Parish Respecting their parish affairs in general. And that all 
proposals hitherto attempted have proved ineffectual to Restore peace' 
and good Order amongst them Wherefore, the said Capt. Andrew Gil- 
man ih behalf of himself and others Humbly Prays That a new parish 
may be erected in said Parish of Brentwood And to the end that peace 
and good Order may be Established Know y e therefore of our Especial 
Grace certaine Knowledge & meer motion By & with the advice of our 
Trusty & well beloved BenningAVentworth Esq r our Capt Genera) Gov- 
ernor and Commander in chief of our Province of New Hampshire in 
New England and of our council of said Province have Incorporated, 
ordained declared and appointed And by these presents for us our Heirs 
& Successors Do Incorporate ordain declare and appoint out of the 
Parish of Brentwood ail that Tract or parcel of Hand Situate lying 6c 
Being in y Parish of Brentwood in our Province of New llamp'-' afore- 
said containing by admeasurement twelve thousand five hundred Ninety- 
five acker & one Quarter of an acre according to a plan ,Sc Survey made 
by order of our Said Governor by George Mitchel Esq' and Cap' Dud- 
ley Odlin hearunto annexed abutting <N: Bounding as by y e said Plan or 
Survey may appear And we do hearby ordain And appoint that the re- 
spective Inhabitants that now are or that shall hereafter be in posses- 
sion of the Lands within the Plan or Survey aforesaid shall [be] one 
Society Corporation and Body Politick to have continuance forever by 
the name of Keenbbrough and that they and their Successors shall by 
that name be able and Capeable in law to call Parish Meetings The 
first of which is to be called within thirty days from the date hereof by 
Capt. Andrew Gilman and Humphrey Wilson & Benjamin Gilman And 
the meetings hereafter shall be on the first Monday of April annually 
And we do hereby give and grant unto the said society or Corporation 
full Power and authority to make choice oi proper Officers to Levy Taxes 
on the Inhabitants for the 'Support of the Society agreeable to the Laws 
of our Province of New hampshire made for regulating Town and Par- 
ish affairs. And we do further give and grant to the said society full 
Power to call & settle a Regular and Orthodox Minister of the Gospel 
and to Levy Taxes on the inhabitants conformable to the Laws affore- 
said of our Province arforesaid for his support Reserving only the 
Reommending the first minister to the President and seinour Fellows 
of Harvard Colledge in New England, to the Reverend Jafoez Fitch & 
the Reverend John^Odlin. And we do also hereby Reserve to his most 
Sacred Majesty his heirs &: successors ail white Pine Trees growing- 
standing or being within the plan or survey Above mentioned the Pres- 
ervation whereof for his Majesties Royal Navy is theTennure by which 
you hold and enjoy your Corporation. And "lastly we do declare and 



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Ordaine, That these out Letters Patent & every clause Sentence and ar- 
ticle herein contained shall be in all things firm and vailid & effectual 
in the Law unto the Said Society & their Successors- according to the 
Purport & Term are hereof 

Provided, that these our Letters Patents be recorded within one 
month from the Date hereof in our Recorder's Office appointed for thai- 
purpose in our said Province of New Hampshire 

In witness whereof we have caused the to be made Patent 

Witness our [torn off] 
and Commander in Chief of our Said Province the twenty seventh day 
of October in the year of ourreign Annoq Domine 174 — * 
Pr his Excellency's 

Command with B. Went worth - . 

advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 

Copy Ex 4 Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 





Petition of the Selectmen of Keeneborough. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr ; Governor & 

Commander in Chief in and over the Province of New 

Hampshire in Council 

The Humble Petition of the Selectmen of Keenborough in 
the behalf of y- Inhabitants of sd Parish Humbly sheweth 

Whereas your Excellency in Conjunction with the Honour- 
able his Majesties Council was pleased to take compassion 
on us under our former Difficulties and Grant us a Parrish by 
ourselves ; For which we looked upon ourselves greatly 
oblidged to your Excellency, and the Plonoured Council and 
hoped to have enjoyed great peace & quietness and by virtue 
of the Charter given us, we have acted ever since, and accord- 
ing to Charter have proceeded to settle a Gospel Minister 
amongst us viz : The Rev. Mr. Nathaniel Trask, which by 
Charter we supposed we had full power to do, and to Raise 
money for his Settlement & Support, and accordingly have 
raised a Tax upon y e Inhabitants for y* end, but some Dis- 
contented persons amongst us, Influenced by some of v e Par- 
ish of Brentwood, and by others in other places, who informed 
them that your Excellency and his Majesties Council, had no 
power to make us a Parish, and y l your Charter was good for 
nothing, and being Likewise encouraged by y e Gentlemen of 
y e Law, have refused to pay tlvjir Taxes, and being seized and 
Imprisoned by y* Constable, has brought the Case into y e Law ; 
and to our great Surprise, Judgment went in their favour, at 
y* last Superior Court, So y r now we are in a Deplorable Con- 
dition ; Having a Minister Settlred and money to pay both for 
his Settlement & support, and no power to raise any Money in 
a Legal way, or to gather in any Tax, already raised, and hav- 



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TOWN PAPERS BRENTWOOD. 8$ 

ing been at great Expense In vindicating y e Charter, and see- 
ing no hopes of a Reconciliation with y e Parish of Brentwood, 
their Demand being so unreasonable, nor of Relief in any- 
other way. In this Deplorable Case we humbly crave pitty of 
your Excellency & the Honourable his Majesties Council, and 
that you would advise us what to do, and would be pleased to 
find out some way for our Relief, for otherwise we shall run 
into y e greatest Confusion, Religion will Die amongst us, and 
both Civil & Ecclesiastical authority be trampled upon ; So 
hoping that your Excellency & y c Hom' le his Majesties Council 
will afford us relief, under these pressing Difficulties and pre- 
vent our Ruin, and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall 
ever Pray &c 

Timothy Leavit ") 
Edward Colcord I Selectmen 
Nicholas Dudley > of 

Keeneborough Septem- Jeremiah Bean j Keeneborough 
ber y e 20 th 174S. John Dudley 



Petition of a number of the Inhabitants of Brintivood, 
praying to be set of as a parish. 

To his Excellency BenningWentworth Esqr Governor & Com- 
ander in chief in and over his Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire the honorable his Majesty's Council & House of 
Representatives in General Assembly con ven'd 12 th day of 
June 1764 

The Petition of us the Subscribers humbly shevveth - that 
whereas we who are of the Parish of Brintwood in said Prov- 
ince are exposed by being at a great distance from Meeting for 
the public worship of God Therefore pray your Honers to take 
our Case into your wise Consideration and set us off as a Par- 
ish with all Parish privileges one half of the aforesaid Parish 
of Brintwood for quantity on the westerly end, Beginning at 
the northwesterly Corner of said Parish running Easterly on 
Epping Line so far as to contain one half of the length of said 
Line. Then beginning at the South westerly Corner of said 
Parish running Easterly on Kingston Line one half of the 
Length of the said South Line then to run a Straight Line 
across said Parish of Brintwood so as to contain full one half 
of the Land of said Brintwood agreeable to a Vote of said 
Parish reference hereto being had may make fully appear. 
x\nd your Petitioners in duty bound Shall ever pray 
John Tavlor Zacheus Clough 

Joshua Kim nail John Kimball 

Benp Kimball Nathan Kimball 



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Jonathan Brown 
Joseph Hoyt 
Jonathan Ring 
James Tucker 
Daniel Brown 
John Hoyt 
Ahei Morrill 
John French 
John Glidden 
Israel Smith 
Robert Glidden 
Ephraim Brown 
Benjamin Cram 
Abraham Sanborn 
Elias Swain 
Jonathan Hoyt 
Benjamin Hoyt 
Reuben Hoyt 
John PrscotLovren ? 



James Merrill 
James Merrill Jun 
John Kenison 
Nathan Brown 
Enoch Brown 
John Hoyt Jun. 
Samuel Hoyt 
Joseph Taylor 
Daniel Kimball 
Samuel Clough 
John Clough 
David Kimball 
Richard Clough 
David Hoyt 
Samuel Moody 
Clement Moodv 
Nath 11 Whittier 
Nathaniel Whittier Jun 
Benjamin Clough 

1764 



Province of } In the House of Representatives June 14' 
New Hamps J This petition being read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted & that the petitioners have 
leave to bring In a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council June 15 th 1764 
Read & Concurred 
T. Atkinson Sec. 

At a Parish Meeting held at the meeting house in Brintwood the fif- 
teenth Day of May 1764 

Voted Deacon Jeremiah Bean moderator of said meeting at the. same 
meeting it was Put to Vote to see if the Parish would maintain Two 
ministers in said Parish & it Past in the Negative 

Voted the Inhabitants of the Westerly End of the Parish be set off to 
be a Parish by themselves that is to come one half the way Down on 
Epping Line & Run such a Point a cross to Kingston Line as to con- 
tain one half y e Land in Sd Parish 

Elisha Sanborn Clerk 

A copy Examd. 



CANTERBURY. 

[This town was incorporated 20 May, 1727.— Ed.] 

At a meeting of the Proprietors of the Town of Canterbury holden 
by announcement the 16 Dav of May 1738, Then Voted that Sam 1 
Smith Thomas Young & Sam T Adams are and shall be a Comittee to 
Represent The Town' of Canterbury at the General Court by (a peti- 
tion ?) to be Enabled by an act to make the Proprietors pay their Pro- 
portion of the charge that hath arisen and shall hereafter arise in the 
management of the affairs of said town 

Sam 1 Smith Town Cl r 



TOWN PAPERS— CANTERBURY. 87 

Petition of the Proprietors of Canterbury about cutting a 

road, d'C. 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq r Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire the Hon Me His Majesty's Council & House 
of Representatives in General Court Convened 
The Petition of Thomas Young of New Market in said 
Province Innholder & Samuel Adams of Durham in said 
Province Physician as Agents for & in behalf the Proprietors 
of the Township of Canterbury in said Province & in behalf 
of the Inhabitants of that place Humbly Shews — 

That the said. Proprietors have for some few years last past 
applied themselves more closely than at first to the pursuit of 
proper measures for Settling the said Township, 8c among 
other tilings tho't proper for that end have built a meeting 
house Sz from time to time hired a minister to Preach to the 
Inhabitants, which has encouraged the Settlement so that 
there are about thirty Families now upon the spot. 

That the said Proprietors have with considerable expence 
cut a way from Durham up into the Country upwards of 
twenty miles towards the said Township of Canterbury, which 
if cut thro' will be of Great advantage not only to that place 
but to the Province in General and which they are not able to 
Effect, & must (with other designs formed for the End afore- 
said) fall thro', for want of Proper Laws to Compel such Pro- 
prietors as neglect to pay their proportion of the Charge & of 
such necessary taxes as have from time to time been laid upon 
them 

That it is Evident beyond Contradiction that such designs 
cannot be executed without Considerable cost & Expence & 
that every Proprietor ought to bear his proportion of the 
Charge which has not been done in this case, but the Burthen, 
has been borne by such as were voluntary in the affair & so 
Reasonable as to do what they Knew they could not be Com- 
pelled to by Law Relating to the good of the Propriety 

That there are several years taxes not fully paid but arrear- 
ages due from Sundry of the Said Proprietors the want of 
which has been Supplied by others advancing such sums as 
were necessary and as occasion call'd for them which is a great 
grievance & a most unreasonable thing that the Charge of car- 
rying on a settlement should be defrayed by some & the advan- 
tage be reap'd by all, or that some should be exempted from 
the charge & yet be equally Intitled to the Profits with those 
who have born it 

That the said Township is a valuable Tract of Land & the 
settlement thereof (as your Petitioners humbly conceive) de- 
serves the Countenance of the Government as much as & per- 



S8 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition of Proprietors of Canterbury for a Bridge. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & over His Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire. The Hon ble His Majestys Council & 
House of Representatives for said Province in General as- 
sembly Convened the 22' 1 Day of Feb in y e 17 th year of His 
Majesty's Reign. 

The Humble Petition of Samuel Adams & Joseph Drew 
both of Durham in said Province as the Major part of a Com- 
mittee of the Proprietors of Canterbury Chosen to find out & 
clear a Way or Road from Durham to said Canterbury Shews 
Thatyo r Petitioners with Benj 1 Smith of said Durham were 



haps more than, any new Township in the Province upon more 
accounts than can be here Enumerated & without which the 
Settlement will necessarily go on heavily & Slowly as it has 
hitherto done 

Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly Pray that an Act 
may now be passed to Enable the said Proprietors by their 
Select men or other officers to Compel such Proprietors as 
have not paid their proportion of the Rates which have been 
assessed, to pay them forth with & in default thereof to Dis- 
pose of so much of their land, or anything thereon that will 
Raise the Money as was lately done for the Proprietors of 
Nottingham or to Levy the same as the Constables of Towns 
do the Town & Province tax and that Effectual Provision may 
also be made to Enable them to Raise money upon themselves 
for the future Sc Enforce the payment in such a Summary & 
Expeditious method as may answer the Ends of the Propriety 
& promote the Settlement & thereby the General good and 
your Petitioners in behalf of their Constituents as in duty 
bound Shall ever pray &c 

Thomas Young 
Sam 1 Adams 
FeVy 25 th 1 741. 

Feb? the 27 th 1741 
In the House of Representatives 

Voted That the Prayer of the Petition be granted & that the Petition- 
ers have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly the act to Continue five 
years and no longer 

James Jaifry Cl r ass m 

In Council March 9 th 1741-2 
Read & Concurred 
Rich d Waldron Sec? 

Same day assented to 

B. Wentworth. 



TOWN PAPERS — CANTERBURY. 89 

chosen Sc appointed for the business aforesaid and have with 
Considerable Expence found out & Clear' d a Place for a Road 
from Durham to Canterbury which may be made with little 
farther expense (Saving the building- a Bridge over Sun Cook 
River over which the said Way must unavoidably run) a very 
good Road 

That your Petitioners Conceive the Public advantage of 
good Roads Especially in a time of War for flight or other 
occasions are so obvious that nothing need to be said on that 
head and that as every Town is in some Degree benefited 
thereby where there is a call for an Extraordinary Charge it 
ought not to be the burthen of the town to which it leads only 
but of every Town and in this Case the Charge could not be 
born by that Town 

That in order to make the said way answer all the good 
purposes designed thereby there must be a good Strong Bridge 
Built over the said River & the Proprietors of Canterbury hav- 
ing been at a very great expence already in Clearing Said Way 
and carrying an end other affairs to promote their Settlement 
are not able to Build the said Bridge at their own Cost 

Wherefore your Petitioners Pray that a Bridge may be built 
at the charge of the Province over the said River at the place to 
Which the Way Cleared as afores - leads That the same may 
be forthwith proceeded upon before the Ice breaks up because 
of the advantage of working upon it And that as the said 
Way is not opend by any authority of Law it may be Estab- 
lished by the authority of the General assembly for a Publick 
Road and your Petitioners In behalf of the Proprietors of 
Canterbury and all others concern'd as in Duty bound Shall 
ever pray &c 

Sam 1 Adams 
Joseph Drew 

In the House of Representatives Feb 23 d 1743-4, 

The within Petition Read & Voted, 

Provided the Proprietors of the Town of Canterbury Buiid a Bridge 
this year Suficient for carts »S: carriages to pass and repass on over Sun- 
cook River where the way is Now Cutt to to Travel! from Durham to Can- 
terbury <S: will Warrant to Maintain the Same Bridge for ten years That 
there be paid the said Proprietors the Sum of fifty pounds Bills of 
Credit out of the Interest Arising on the twenty five thousand pounds 
Loan out of that part of said Interest appropriated for Cutting Roads 
&c when So much shall be in the Treasury 

In Council Feby. 24^' 1743 James Jaffrey Cl r Assm 

read & concurred 

Theod. Atkinson Secy. 
Eodem Die assented to B. We.vtworth 

Prov. New Hamp 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition of Canterbury men for wages. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq.r. Captain Gen- 
eral, and Governor in chief in & over his Majesty's Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire To the Hon bie his Majesty's Coun- 
cil of said Province And to the Hoii ble House of Representa- 
tives, in General Court assembled at Portsmouth, within & 
for the Province of New Hampshire aforesaid 1754 
The Petition of Jeremiah Clough, Philip Call, Samuel 
French, Thomas Clough, Ezekiel Clough, Henry Elkins, Sam- 
uel Moor, Samuel Shepherd k. James Shepherd humbly 
sheweth : 

That whereas your humble Petitioners, by Order of his Ex- 
cellency the Governor, Kept the Garrison at Canterbury in the 
Province of New Hampshire aforesaid, as follows viz 
Je*r. Clough ~\ begin with y e 5th of Jan 1747 — to y e 20 th of 
Philip Call - November following 
Sam- French \ 

Thorn' Clough } beginning with y e 5 th of Jan 1747 to y 2 8 th of 
Ezek Clough j May following, 
Henry Elkins beginning with the 5 th of Jan 1747 — to the 12 th 

of August following 
Sam' Moor ) beginning with the 9 th of May 1 747 to y e 

Sam 1 Shepherd j 20 th of November following: 
James Shepherd beginning with y a 13 th of August 1747 to the 
20 th of Novem r following. 
And faithfully & effectually performed all necessary Duties 
in said Garrison, according to our respective stations so that 
the Enemy never took any advantage to the Damage & Hurt of 
said Garrison, or of any that belonged to it, during the whole 
time above mentioned. And yet your humble Petitioners have 
never as yet been allowed any Wages, or Billeting for our 
Service, except £100 new tenor toward Billeting, received pr. 
Cap ! Clough, tho' other Soldiers who served since we did have 
been paid both Wages & Billeting. Therefore we your humble 
Petitioners humbly pray your Excellency & your Honours to 
take our Case into your wise Consideration, Sc to grant us 
wages and Billeting." for the time which we have served, as 
afores'd. For which Goodness, your humble Petitioners for 
your Excellency & your Honours, as in Duty bound shall ever 
pray. 

Jeremiah Clough Henrv Elkins 

Philip Call his 

Thomas Clough Samuel x French 

Samuel Moor' mark 

Samuel Shepherd Ezekiel Clough 

James Shepherd 



TOWN PAPER S — CAN TERB UR Y . 



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In Council March 2 d 1754 read & ordered 

to be sent down to the Hon bl ° House of represen" 8 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
Province of "^ In the House of Representatives March 2 J 1754 upon 
New Hamp r j Reading the within Petition 
Voted that it be dismiss'd. 

Attest Matthew Livermore Clerk 



Petition of Canterbury for remission of Tax, 1 ^5|. 

To his P^xcellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain general, 
& Governor in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire. To the Hon' olc his Majesty's Council ; And to 
the Hon' jle House of Representatives in General Court as- 
sembled. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of Canterbury in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire aforesaid humbly shezueth 

That whereas your humble Petitioners (whose Names are 
hereunto subscribed) are reduced to great Difficulties, & 
Charges by the threatening Aspect of a War, we humbly pray 
your Excellency & your Honours to consider & compassionate 
our distressed Circumstances ; & to remit our Proportion of 
the Province Tax for this year 1754 Sc till the pressing Danger 
& Difficulties of War are over. For which Goodness your 
humble Petitioners for your Excellency & your Honours as in 
Duty bound shall ever pray 



Jeremiah Clough 
William Miles 
Thomas Clough 
Josiah Miles 
John Bam ford 
Samuel Shepherd 
Solomon Copp 
Benjamin Blanchard 
John Gibbons 
John Dolloff 



James Gibson 
James Lindsey 
Samuel Shepherd jun. 
James Shepherd 
Joseph Simons 
Joseph Elis 
James Scales 
Ezekiel Morrill 
William Moor 
Henrv Elkins 



Province of ) In Council July the 24 th 1754 

New Hamp r / read Sc ordered to be sent Down to the Hon ble House of 
representatives 

Theo' 1 Atkinson Secy. 



92 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition of Selectmen for remission of taxes. 
Province of ") 
New Hampr j 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire The Honorable his Majestys Council and 
House of Representatives in General Assembly co riven' d 
December the fourteenth 1756. 

The Petition of the Selectmen of Canterbury in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in behalf of the Inhabitants of said 
Town Most humbly Shews— 

That by reason of the few Inhabitants in said Town, its 
being a Frontier and so more exposed to the Incursions and 
depreciations of the Enemy and by Reason of the war this and 
the* last year with the Indian Enemy your Petitioners and oth- 
ers the Inhabitants of said Town are rendered unable to pay 
the Provincial Taxes laid upon them the last and the present 
year. That it is with great difficulty under their present cir- 
cumstances, that they can maintain and support themselves, 
should they pay no provincial Taxes at all — Wherefore your 
Petitioners most humbly Pray your Excellency and Honours 
That you will be pleased to Ease the said Inhabitants of the 
Provincial Taxes laid upon them the last and this present year 
and for such further time as to your Excellency and Honours 
shall seem just and reasonable and in such way and manner as 
you shall Judge most suitable and proper and that your Peti- 
tioners may have opportunity to enforce the prayer, hereof and 
your petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 

John Moor 1 

Archelaus Moor > Selectmen 
Nov. 30th 1756 Thomas Clough J 

Province of) Read in Council & ordered to be sent down to the Hon bla 
N. Hamps / House 

Theod. Atkinson Secy. 



Petition relating to the Original Charter. 

Province of ) 

New Hampshire f 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen- 
eral Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his 
Majesties Province of New Hampshire, And the Hon ble 
His Majesties Council 
Humbly Sheweth Josiah Miles Yeoman and Thomas Clough 

House wright both of Canterbury in" said Province & a Com- 



TOWN" PAPERS — CANTERBURY. 93 

mittee appointed by the said Town to apply to your Excel- 
lency & Honours on the Following acc't. viz : That the Town- 
ship of Canterbury was Granted by the Late Hon bIe John 
Wentworth Esq r Lieut. Governor and Commander in Chief in 
and over said Province dec'd to a Number of persons whose 
names are in a Schedule herewith presented attested by the 
Late Sec'y Richard Waldron Esq r dec'd as Clerk of that 
Council and said Grantees procured a Copy of the said Char- 
ter and Recorded the same in their Town book of said Can- 
terbury, a Copy of which Charter attested by the Town Clerk 
of said Canterbury is herewith also presented. And as the In- 
habitants of the said Township have been at Great Trouble & 
pains in Settling said Township and have been a Great part of 
the time since the obtaining the Charter aforesaid Labouring 
under an Indian War' (and many Rumors thereof when it was 
not an actual Warr) and said Township being a frontier the 
Inhabitants had as much as they could Subsist under to main- 
tain their Respective familys without making any Enquiry into 
their Charter priviledges. But at Length Some people among 
them making Enquiry about the said Charter found a Tran- 
script thereof in their Town Book but without any attesta- 
tion and on further Enquiry Could not find the Original 
Charter nor any attested Copy thereof any where nor any 
Record thereof in the Sec ya office and as the aforesaid Secy 
Waldrons house was burnt with many pubiick papers of the 
Province they are apprehensive the said Original Charter was 
then burnt 

Wherefore the said Josiah and Thomas as aforesaid pray that 
the said Copvs aforesaid may be Recorded in the Secy's office 
and they confirmed in their Respective Estates as tho they now 
had the aforesaid Original Charter, and they as in Duty bound 
shall Ever pray 

Portsmouth Jany 16, 1756. 

Tosiaii Miles T '>, 

£r ~, 5- -Committee 

Thomas Clough ) 

In Council Jany r~, 1756. 

The Within Petition read c\: order'd that the Secy, record the Copy 
said Charter & Schedule it appearing to the Council that the Copysare. 
Genuine. 

Theod. Atkinson Secy. 



94 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



■Petition of Inhabitants of Canterbury to be set off from Bow. 

Province of) 

New I lamp f 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Captain General 
Gov 1 " i& Coram' 1 in Chief in and over His Majestvs Province 
of New Hamp re , The Hon !u0 His Majestvs Council and 
House of Representatives in General Assembly Convened 
June 14-' 1764. 

The humble Petition of Archelaus Moor Gent. Henry Elkins 
\V !n Gault, Enoch Webster, William Curry, W' n Moore Joseph 
Mann Husbandman Ann Curry widow & Stephen Gerrish 
Gent. Sheweth 

That your Petitioners are Settled on a Tract of Land inform 
of a Gore which until lately was deemed a part of the Town 
of Canterbury in said Province, and lavs between that and 
Bow; But upon running the Canterbury Line about 12 years 
ago, the said Gore was found to be Land in right of Mason's 
Patent. And Thereupon the Proprietors of the said Town of 
Canterbury have Chosen a Committee to Treat with Mr. 
Mason's Representative, about the Purchase of the said Land 

I That your Petitioners are very desirous of being annexed to 

the Town of Canterbury, rather than Bow, as they are within 
Two miles of Canterbury Meeting House, and are distant six 
Miles from that of Bow, and also as they have several Family 
Connexions in Canterbury 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly Pray your Excellency 

and Honours That the aforesaid Gore of Land may be by An 

Act of the General Court annexed to and Incorporated with 

the said Canterbury & partake of all the Priviledges thereof 

And your Pet'"' shall Ever pray &C 

W. Clagett for Petrs. 
In Council June 14 th 1764 

Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon ble House 

T. Atkinson, jun. Secy. 
Province of) 

New Hamp j In the house of Representatives July [June?] i4 :h 1764. 
This Petition being Read 
Ordered That the petitioners be heard thereon the Second Day of the 
Sitting of the General Assembly after the first Day of July next & that 
they at their o'.vn Cost put up notification at all "the public places In 
Canterbury & Bow. Incerting therein the substance of this petition, & 
order of Court thereon that any persons Concerned therein may appear 
& Shew Cause if any they have why the prayer thereof should not be 
Granted 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council June 15 th 1764 
Read Si, Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secy 
Province of} 

New Hamp j In the house of Representatives Jan>' 23' 1 1765 
This petition being Read 

; 
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TOWN PAPERS CANTERBURY. 



95 



Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted & the petitioners have leave 
to bring in a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Jany. 23 l 1765 
Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Junr. Secy. 



Petition of Abiel Foster about Town records. 
Province of} 
New Hamp r / 

To His Excellency John Weritworth Esq" Governor in chief 
in & over said. Province The Honourable -the Council and 
House of Representatives in General Assembly conven'd 
The Humble Petition of Abiel Foster of Canterbury in the 
County of Rockingham Clerk, as agent for & in behalf of the 
Proprietors of Canterbury aforesaid Sheweth that a vast Number 
of Papers containing the Votes and Proceedings of said Pro- 
prietors touching their most important Concerns as Proprie- 
tors, and by which, many Estates in said Canterbury have been 
conveyed and are now held by some Neglect or Omission of 
the Clerks of said Proprietors, have not been recorded. 

Upon the Discovery of winch said Proprietors appointed a 
Committee to collect, inspect, examine and see that the same 
should be recorded in the Proprietors Books. The said Com- 
mittee according to their appointment carefully examined said 
Papers and found them to be in the hand writing of the former 
Clerks of said Proprietors most of them among the hies of said 
Proprietors to have all the Marks of original fair & Genuine 
Minutes and Entries some made thirty years ago, which Papers 
the Committee have within six months past caused to be re- 
corded in the Books of said Proprietors, the Record of which 
Papers contains Eighty Pages in folio or more. 

And as the same Papers were not attested by any of the 
former Clerks of said Proprietors, tho' they appear to be truly 
made as aforesaid. Your Petitioner humbly conceives that 
the Interposition of your Excellency and Honors will be nec- 
essary to authenticate the Same. Wherefore he humbly prays 
in behalf of said Proprietors that a Committee of the General 
Court may be appointed to inspect and examine s' ; Papers and 
Records lately made and to report thereon, and that s l Papers 
and records "may be authenticated by your Excellency and 
Honors either by act or Resolve of the General Assembly or 
in any other way that your Wisdom may suggest And your 
Petitioners as in Duty bound will ever pray &c 

Abiel Foster. 

January 19th 1774. 



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I 96 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Province of 1 In the house of Representatives Jan io/ h 1774, 
New Hampsr j Upon Reading this Petition 

Voted that the Petitioner cause the substance of said Petition to be 



CHARLESTOWN, 

[Originally N" amber-Four, was first granted by Massachusetts, Deer, 31, 173."). It 
wa^ incorporated by Charter during: the administration ol' Gov. Benning Went- 
worth, -2 July, 1753. Ed.] 

Letter from No. 4 to Colonels V/illard and Hinsdale . 

No. 4. October 19 th 1743. 
Hon™ 1 Gentlemen 

Vv r e the Inhabitants of this. Township being- apprehensive 
that we are very much Exposed and in hazard In case of a 
War between y c nations and are Sensible that we are not Ca- 
pable of Defending our selves in Case of a rupture by Reason 



printed in the New Hampshire Gazette three weeks successively and 
that any party having any Objection may be heard thereon the third 
day of the sitting of the G<zn [ Assembly after the 20 th of February next 

W in Parker Clr. Assembly 
In Council Jan?" 19 1774. 
Read and con curd 

Geo r King D. Sec v . 



Note. This Petition was renewed April .";th, 1774, and acted on aa follows. [Ed.] 

Province of 1 T ,, , T r „ ... . ., «, „ 

New Haraps* j e House of Representatives April 9* 1774 

Voted, That the Petitioner be heard on this Petition on the second 
day of the Siting of the General Assembly after the tenth Day of May 
next and that he Cause the Substance of this Petition and Order of 
Court to be Printed three weeks Successively in the New Hampshire 
Gazett that any Person may Shew Cause why the Prayer of the Peti- 
tion Should not be Granted 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council ecdem Die 
Read & concur'd 

Geo King D. Secy 
Province of ) In the House of Representatives May 13 th 1774 
New Hamps /The within Petition being Considered and the Parties 
heard thereon by their Council 
Voted That Samuel Catts Esq" Cob Christopher Toppah and John 
Giddings Esq" be a Committee of this House to Joyn with Such as the 
Hon b; ° the Councill Shall appoint to inspect and Examine the Papers 
and Records mentioned in the Petition and Report thereon to the Gen- 
eral Assembly = 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council May 14 th 1774 

Read and concurd after hearing the Parties. 
Geo Kinsr D. Sec>' 



TOWN PAPERS — CHARLESTOWN. 97 

of y sinalhiess of our numbers and Distance From Neighbor- 
ing Plantations and places of Defence are in Continual Fear 
Lest we should be Surprised by y e Heathen and although we 
are makeing y e best Preparation we Can to Secure ourselves 
yet we are Fearful! we shall not be be able to Stand our 
Ground but must be obliged to Leave our Habitations and 
Repair to places of more security If we Cannot be Sup- 
ported by y e Government. — We therefore Earnestly Desire 
yo r HorT 3 that you would Improve yo r Interest with y e Gov 
ernours Either of y c Massachusetts or N. Hampshire (which 
you shall think most Proper) that we may have such a supply 
of men posted here as they shall think Necessary for our De- 
fence to be Employ* d Either in Scouting or otherwise as they 
shall Judge most proper. Lieu Rt Witherby is Willing to Come 
among us with a Company of Men, If he Can obtain order 
and Encouragement from the Government. We pray you 
would Write to Either Governour as your Discresion shall 
Direct you on our behalf and In our names submitting our 
Case to yo r Prudence praying you would do what you can for 
us and as speedily as may be and thereby will oblige 

Yo r Most Humble & Obedient servants 

Benjamin Willson David Farnsworth 

Isaac Parker John Avery 

Charles Hoiden Ebenezer Putnam 

Job Spatibrd John Hastings Jr. 

Isaac Parker Jun. Simeon Sartwell 

Abraham Parker Benoni Woolcott 

Jn J Hastings John Spafard 
Superscribed, &c. 



Petition of John SpaJ/ord. 
To his Excellency Banning Wentworth Esqr. Governour and 
Commander in Chief in & over hisMaj tl " Province of New 
Hampshire and to his Maj tios Council for said Province & 
the .House of Representatives now Conven'd in General 
Assembly 

John Spafford for himself and about thirteen familys Lately 
Settled on the East Side of Connecticut River being known by 
the name of No. 4 humbly Sheweth — 

That your Petitioners have lately made a Settlement there 
and at their own Charge hath Built a Large & Strong Garri- 
son and have twenty five men or thereabouts, and have good 
plantations there and a good prospect of a Considerable p'cll 
of Graine now growing on the Land. But so it is theire Settle- 
ments being so much exposed to the Indians, and not above 
Eicrhtv miles from the French Fort on the Lake where the 



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98 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

French may soon and Easyly annoy them & the Indians tells 
them that they must fight for the french and tells them to take 
Care of themselves. Your Petitioners being so Exposed to 
the Enemy and so far from any English Settlem 1 they cannot 
pretend to stand on their own Defence, and therefore humbly 
prays your Excell 7 and honours of the Gen 1 Ass ;u that they 
may have some assistance of Men to assist them in Keeping 
their Garrison and preserve their Cattle and Graine, or as in 
your "Wisdom you shall think fltt. And if no assistance 
of men may be obtained Then to let the People Know it, 
That your Petitioners may use Some Speedy means for the 
preservation of themselves & families and your Petitioners as 
in Duty Bound Shall ever Pray &c 

John Spafford. 
July the 24 th 1744. 



Petition for a road. 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Captain General, 
Governor & Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire &c The Honourable his 
Majesty's Council & House of Representatives in General 
Assembly convened this Eighteenth Day of October 176S 
The Petion of Simon Sartwell, William Heywood and 
Elijah Grout as Selectmen of the Town of Charlestown in s'd 
province to your Excellency and Honours humbly s/iezvet/i, 
that the Inhabitants of said Charlestown with those of the ad- 
joining Towns, have Looked out and marked a Road, and in 
part Cleared the Same, between said Charlestown & Boscawen 
and are of opinion the same may be made a good Carriage 
Road, which if effected, is humbly conceived might be of Great 
utility & Benefit to many Towns in this Province by having a . 
much nearer & easier Communication, with the Metropolis 
than has as yet been found out which is tho't would greatly 
Fecilitate the Settlement of many new Townships, hitherto 
much retarded for want of good Roads. 

Wherefore your Petitioners humbly pray your Excellency & 
Honours would be pleased to indulge them with your appro- 
bation of said Road and that y c same may be confirmed as the 
Main Road or Highway from said Charlestown to Boscawen 
and that such Regulations and orders for farther opening and 
Clearing said Road may be made as by your Excellency & 
Honours may tho't best or otherways to Grant such Relief to 
your Petitioners, in the Premeses as to this Hon !,lc Court Shall 



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TOWN PAPERS CIIARLESTOWN. 99 

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in wisdom, be Judged best and your Petitioners as in Duty 

bound shall ever pray 

Simon Sartwell 
W m . Hey wood 
Elijah Grout. 

Province of \In the House of Representatives Ocf 26 1768 
New Hamps r J The foregoing Petition being Read & Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners have liberty to bring in " a Bill to Oblige 
the Proprietors of the Several Towns through which said Road Marked 
out as mentioned in the Petition passes, to Clear and make Said Road 
Passable 

M. Weare Ch 
In Council October 28 — 176S 
read & concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun Sec'y 



Petition of Timothy Lovell about a?i island opposite Charles- 

toiun. 

Province of 1 
New Hampshire / 

To his Excell " John Wentworth Esq r Cap* General Gov- 
ernor & Commander in chief in & over his Maj tys Prov- 
ince afores 1 In Council. 

The Memorial & Petition of Timothy Lovell of Rocking- 
ham in said province Humbly Shews 

That your Memorialist is now the owner of & in possession 
of a certain Island in Connecticut River, nearly adjoining to 
Charlestown containing about Nine acres, that the said Island 
was always deemed part of the said Township of Charles- 
town, & so alotted to & among the Proprietors, who with those 
who hold under them have cultivated & mowed the same for near 
seventeen years last past, & never heard the Title controverted, 
till within a very little time past y r Men 1 "" 1 has been informed 
that some persons are about to make application to Y r Excel- 
lency & Hon r " for a Grant thereof, which might be productive 
of much Trouble & inconvenience &c. Your Mem list there- 
fore humbly prays Y r Excell' cy and honors would be pleased 
to suspend your Determination of this matter, in case applica- 
tion Should be made, untill y r Mem list might have an Opp ty 
to prove what he alledges relative to his Right of property & 
possession as afores 1 And y r Memorialist as in Duty bound 
shall Ever Pray &c 

Timothy Lovell. 
Portsm 6 th .April 17 70 . 



IOO NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition in behalf of Benj x Page for a Ferry. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Governor and Com- 
mander in Chief in and over His Majesty s Province of New 
Hampshire, and to the Hon bIe His Majestys Council 
The Humble Petition of Benjamin Page of Charlestown in 
said Province of New Hampshire Yeoman Humbly Sheweth 
also the Petition of the Selectmen and other of the Inhabitants 



Petition of John JVott. 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Governor & 
Commandor in Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire and to His Majestys Honb u Counnicel That 
Whareas it Hath Bin Pieaseing to the People of Charlestown 
to Sign and Send to the Governor & Cownsel desiering that 
Ben 5 ^ aj Paige Should have the ferey Grantted to him it is also 
my desire that it Should be grantted to him and Pray your Ex- 
cellency & the Oner' [ Counsel to grant it to him on this Side of 
the River the humble Request of John Nott who hath main- 
tained the ferey with a good Booat on my own Cost six years 

John Nott. 

January the 14 1771. 






of said Charlestown — praying that the said Benjamin may have 
the benefit of the Ferry that leads from Charlestown to Crown 
point (as he is settled at the Ferry as near as is convenient for 
a Ferry man) he is a sober well disposed person and we think 
he will attend the Business and be faithfull to oblige those that 
Travel the road, there is no house that is within half a mile of 
said ferry on this side the river and we Your Excellency's Peti- 
tioners Humbly pray that he may have a Charter of the same 
if Your Excellency and Honours shall think fit to Grant the 
same to him as we Judge him to be suitable for the business 
and Your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

W m Heywood > o , . 

T ■ _ th t tt t r Selectmen 

Jan rj io in 1771. John Hastings Jr j 

Nath el Powers William Jacobs 

James Farnsworth Sam u Hunt 

Osmon Baker Silvanus Hastings 

Timothy Putnam Enos Stevens 

Simon Powers Lenv Hastings 

Elijah Parker Stephen Atworde 

Benoni? Spafford Wiilard Stevens 

Rich 1 Holdin David Taylor 

Peter Pasre Abel Walker 



TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. IOI 

Petition of Simeon Olcoit for a Ferry. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain General, 
Governor and Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire &c. 
In Council 

Humbly Sheweth Simeon OJcottof Charlestownin said Prov- 
ince that there being no. Ferry legally appointed and Established 
on Connecticut River between said Charlestown and Springfield 
on the opposite side of said River, by reason whereof his 
Majesty's Subjects are often obstructed or delayed in passing 
said River or exorbitant sums demanded for the same — Where- 
fore your Petitioner prays that he maybe appointed and author- 
ized to set up & Keep a Ferry on said River between said 
Charlestown and Springfield under such Orders and Regula- 
tion? as in your wisdom shall be tho't fit and your Petitioner 
shall ever pray &c 

Simeon Olcott. 

Portsmouth ic/ h March 1771. . 



CHESTER. 



[Chester was an original township of ten miles square granted Aug. 26, 1720, and 
was incorporated S May, 1722. Ed.] 

Petition in behalf of the proprietors of Chester. 
To the Hon bl€ John Wentworth Esq 1 ' Lieut. Gov. Governor 
and Command"" in Chief in and over His Majesties Prov- 
ince of New Hamp e and to the Hon^' e the Council for said 
Province. 

The Humble Petition of Henry Sherburne Sam 1 Ingalls, 
John Sanborn k. Tho 5 Packer in Behalf of the Propriet- - '" 5 of 
the Town of Chester In said Province Humbly Sheweth 

That the Propriety of the Town of Chester afores' 1 about 
two years since Chose a Comittee to Join w th a Comittee of 
the Town of Londonderry to run the Line between the two 
Towns, which the said Comittee accordingly Begun & made 
some Progress in it but did not Compleat the same, by reason 
that the Comittee for Londonerry would not consent to allow the 
usual allowance (of Eleven Chains for ten for windfalls Sc in 
y e woods) in the measure on the W. N. W. or Side Line, and 
would allow only bare measure which was unreasonable and 
never Practiced before the reason of their being so Exact is 
Because the Propriet" of Londonderry have Artfully contrived 
to have it so in their Charter as to In«rose to them selves the 



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Fibbing place at Ameskeegg by taking into their Town a small 
gore of Land at the head of Chester, running so far between 
the river of Merrymack and the head of Chester untill it takes 
in the said Fishing place, they having measured it beforehand 
for that purpose, their Ingrossing to themselves y e s d Fishing 
place will not only be greatly prejudicial to Chester but also to 
the other New Towns, Y r Petitioners therefore Humbly pray 
That yo r Honours will be pleased to appoint a Committee to 
run the said Lines and Settle the bounds between the said 
Towns in such a manner as is Customary and yo r Petition" as 
in duty bound Shall ever pray 
Jam-> 6 th 1725-6 ' Hen Sherburne \ c ;ttee 

JLhomas Packer j 
For themselves and in behalf of 

Sam 1 Ixgalls , 

John Sanborn 

In Coun. Jan r y S :h 1725-6. 

The Petition oT Chester Committee this day Presented to y board by 
M* Thom s Packer Praying the Hon 1 * 16 y e L 1 Gov r & Council to appoint 
a Committee to run out & Settle y Divisional lives & boundaries be- 
tween that town Sz Lond° Derryfor the reasons therein set forth, being 
read It is Ordered That the hearing upon the said Petition be on Tues- 
day y e 25 Inst, at y Coun Chamb. in Port' and that the Petitioners 
serve j* Selectmen of the s d Town of Lond-' Derry w th a Copy thereof 
& of thi? order in the mean time that they may have an opportunity to 
shew y Reasons (if any they have; why the Prayer of s a Petition may 
not be granted. 

R Waldron Clark Con. 

To be heard a Tuesday fortnight. 

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Chester Co7nmittee Petition — Minnies of Council thereon, 
Jan 25, 1725. 

■o X- tt r f Present in Coun. Jan 25, 172;. 6 

Prov. >,. Hamp'| Lt Goyr Mark H^ng, K . Wibird Esq' 

The Committee of Chester appearing to prosecute their Petition for 
a Committee to settle y-' divisional line between y Town & London- 
Derry which was riledV' 8th Instant & Messrs " Cargil & Rob 1 Boyes 
appearing in behalf of y s rt Town of London Derry & both partys being 
fully heard It is ordered That the Prayer of y e Petition be granted & 
that Mr. James Stevens be y e Surveyor to lead y Course & y l M r Benj a 
Barker Jn° Calton be y e Persons to carry y e chain & that Capt. Jn° 
Gillman S Mr. Edward "Hale go on w th one chain man & y other w th 
y other & keep y" Tally who are likewise to take care & see that due & 
just allowance be made in y* measure in all cases where they shall Judge 
it requisite and that this busyness be performed between this time & y" 
middle of June next & reported into y secretary* office immediately 
after y* Completing thereof & y l y e Charge of y Committee be paid by 
y 2 Towns Jointlv\v y* y e s d Committee be sworn to y> faith' discharge 
of v* Duty of y r respective trusts according to y e form annexed 

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TOWN PAPERS — CHESTER. IOj 

Petition or Selectmen of Chester \K Oct. 1J26. 
To the Hon"- 8 John Wentworth Esq 1 " Lieut' 1 Goven r ComancT 

in Chief in & over His Maj tics Prov e of New Hamp r And 

to the Hon ble the Council for Said Province. 

The Humble Petition . of Clem 1 Hughes, Rob* Smith, and 
John Sanborn Selectmen of the Town of Chester Humbly 
Sheweth 

That Cap fc Tobias Lang-don, Cap 1 Tim Gerrish & John 
Smith appointed by yo r Hon ri sometime Since to be a Comittee 
to run y e Head Line of Exeter (w ch is the Dividing line be- 
tween s a Exeter & Chester afores") did not attend the Direc- 
tions of y r Honours in that affair but followed the Directions 
of y z Select .men of said Exeter therein-, and having run s' 1 
line to y € s'' Selectmcns mind, made their return to y* s a Se- 
lectmen instead of doing it to yo r LIon rs so that that line is as. 
yet unsettled to the great prejudice of the afores 1 Town of 
Chester 

Yo r Petition" Therefore Humbly pray yo r Hon" to appoint 
a Comittee to run the two miles that Exeter is to run upon a 
W by N. point above Dover and from thence upon a Straight 
line to a Beach Tree (on Kingston Side Line) appointed & 
marked in the year 171S to be y e bounds for Exeter on y* side, 
by the Grand Comittee appointed by the Gen 11 assembly to 
fix y" bounds of each Town within this Province which 
Straight line is y- Dividing line between Exeter & Chester, 
And that yo r Hon" would please to Direct Said Comittee to 
run said Line with all Convenient Speed and yo r Petition" as 
in duty bound Shall Ever pray 

Clement Hughes 
RoB rt Smith 

Portsm Oct r 15 th 1726. John Sanborn. 



Report on Petition for a road. 

Province \ 
New Hampshire j 

Pursuant to a Vote of the General Court Bareing Date May 26 th 1743 
To us the Subscribers a Committee appointed by the General Court to 
go up to Chester and Londonderry to View a highway formerly Laid out 
by Chester and Londonderry and recorded in Each Town and also a 
Nother way Petitioned for by Chester, and to make Report of our 
Doerngs therein to the Gen ai Ass ra att their next sessions 

Wee haveing been up and Viewed Both Ways and Doe find that the 
wav formerly Laid out from Londonderry to Chester, Between the lands 
of Mess" James Colwell and Patrick Duglass to Derry Northeasterly 

line And then on a Straight line through the land of Brown ot 

Chester to meet the Road, that leads by Deacon Dearbourns to Chester 
Meeting house is the Most Convenient way for accommodation of Both 



104 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Towns aforesaid and for Travellers in General Dated this 22 A Day of 



Sept. 1743. 



John Downing Jr. 
Geo Walton 
Richard Jennes 



Eodem Die 

Assented to 

B. Went worth 

Copy Ex a 



Theod Atkinson Secy. 



Theodore Atkinson Secy. 



In the House of representatives May 26 th 1743. 

The within Petition read & a former Petition of the Select men of 
Chester read relating to the same affairs and the Petitioners & the Select 
men of Londonderry respondents heard by the Council and 

Voted That their be a Comittee Sent to View the highways Viz That 
which is Laid out & that which is Petitioned to be Laid out and the s' 1 
Comittee to make returne to the General Assembly at their next Ses- 
sions which place is most proper for a high way and upon the Comittees 
returne to Consider who Shall pay the Charge And that George Wal- 
dron & richard Jennes Esq be a Comittee from this House to Joyn 
such as the Hon. 11 * the. Council Shall appoint: to do the Service above s' 1 

James Jaffrey Cie r Ass m 
Eodem Die 

In Council read & Concurrd & Joseph Sherburne & John Downing 
Esq r added to the Comittee above s' 1 



In the House of Representatives 7 br 23 d 1743 

The within Return read, and accepted And 

Voted That the Highway, as therein mentioned & Described, be the 
Kings High way, and that all obstructions in or on said high way be 
Removed, and that the same be allowed to be a Publick Road, and that 
the Petitioners of Chester pay the Charg of the Comitee that went on the 
Spot Each pson thirty Shillings (old Tenor) prDiem for their Labor & 
Charge, And that the said Petitioners of Chester pay the said Charge 
to some or one of the said Comitee within thirty days after the Date 
hereof. 

James Jeffrey Cl r Ass m 
In Council September 23d 1743 

read & Concured 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
Eodem Die 

Assented To B. Wentworth 

Memorandum the High Way Laid out and Recorded from Chester to 
Londonderry by Sam 1 "Browns the length is one mile and a Half and 
sixty Rhods 

The way by Kars mills as was showed to us but not Laid out was two 
miles and fifty two Rhods 

Sam 11 Emerson "j Chare men 
dated at Chester Thomas Cochran / upon oath 

August y e 23 1 1743 

The Highway that is Laid out and Recorded, went acrost Samuel 
Browns Land as we measured ; He Promised to give said Land for a 
High way to the town of Chester without any other Satisfaction than 
not to Have s d High way goe by his house 

The way by Karrs mills as we measured went first acrost James Col- 

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TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. IO5 

wells Land (2^ acrost Capt Morses Land— -J 1 ? acrost John Karrs Land 
(4'? acrost John Karr Junr's, Land (5^' acrost Rob' Gillcreast Land (6'? 
acrost John Karr Junr"s Land. 



Chester Petition in relatioti to the Ministry. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Bolcher Esq 1 " Govern our & In and 
Over His Majesties Province of New Hampshire, The 
Hon" r able His Majesties Council and House of Representa- 
tives in General Court now Assembled at Portsoy'' 
The Petition of the Town of Chester Humbly Sheweth That 
whereas after the Rev d M r Eb r Flagg was settled in said Town 
by Vote according toy- directions of the Law to be the Gospel 
Minister, A considerable number of persons Petition ■ the Gen- 
eral Court for an explanation of the law of Liberty Supposing 
they being Presbeterians were exempted from paying to Mr 
Flag which was then explain'd in their favour. Since which 
they have accordingly proceeded in a cordial manner, and have 
endeavour 1 to take the best method the present Circumstances 
will admit to Rais money for the Respective ministers, as fol- 
lows at a Town Meeting warn'd for that purpose when met 
they Voted Separatelv M r Flaggs Salary ; and the Presbetery- 
ans voted a Salary for the Rev Mr. Jn" Wilson their Minister 
the Selectmen Sign'd the Respective warrants to y e Constable 
or Collectors to collect the Same if this Method be agreeable 
we Humbly pray yo r approbation. But if anything in our 
proceedings hitherto is short of what is Necessary in the Law 
we humbly entreat a favourable construction and pray that the 
presbeterians may be Qualify'd Lawfully to proceed for the 
future. Also if it be Necessary for M r Flags hearers to pro- 
ceed in any other method than hitherto pray for particular 
direction as to yo r Excellency and Honours shall appear need- 
ful Also we pray that y s day of the annual meeting may be 
altered to som other day of y e week to escape interfering with 
the Fast? which will oblige yo r Humble Petitioners 
John Calfe "| 

John Tolford I Selectmen 

Ephraim Hasseltine [ of Chester 
Enoch Coleby J 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives 
New Hampshire f the within Petition Read & 

Vot ! That the Prayer of the within Petition be granted in the follow- 
ing manner Viz. 

Vot 1 That the Two Congregations in Chester viz: that are called 
Congregationalists and those that are called Presbyterians have power 
to act Seperate in Raiseing money for Support of y r Ministers Respec- 
tively for Defraying the Charges of building & Repairing their meeting 



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houses and that they have power to Chuse Wardens Seperate to assess 
all persons and their Estates belonging to their Respective Congrega- 
tions as aforesaid Toward Defraying Such Charges as shall be Raised 
for the aforesaid uses Seperate in just «S: Equall' Proportion, to such Tax 
& Taxes as they shall Vote from time to time at their Respective Meet- 
ings And that they have power to Choose Collectors Seperate to Col- 
lect the said Taxes and that they have Liberty to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly and that John Calf, Eph Hamilton Enoch Coleby, be impow- 
ered to call the first meeting for the Congregational^ and that Cap 5 
Sam' Ingolls John Tolforcl John Carr be impowr'd to call ther fist meet- 
ing for Presbetering meeting 

James Jeffrey Cl r Ass m * 
August 6th 1740 

In Council Eodem Die ' ■ 

Read & Concurred 

R.ic' d Waldron Secy 

Same day Assented to 

J. Belcher 



Petition for aid of soldiers. 
To the honourable Captins of Chester Greeting 

Whereas there is a Considerab 10 number of fameKs scattered 
in the wilderness in the out skirts of Chester Some lives four 
miles and a half some three and a half ($: 6 from any help) 
we are so scattered that we think we are very unfit to live as 
we have d'und nevertheless we would be willing to imitat some- 
thing of the spirit of the people of Zebulon and Naphtieen 
who Joperded their lives in the high places of the held and 
whereas we have a velow for our loss and libertise we Earn- 
estly beg that your honours would look upon us in our Des- 
trees and help with some suldiars a certain number we are not 
willing to name your selves Knowing our surcumstances and 
how it is with us believes you will help us this way more then 
we with prudence could name and in so doing your Pcore 
pettioners will ever Pray if no help Corns we must leave our 
houses and horns and goe lik scattered Sheep. 

James Besford Jonas Clay 

David McCluer John Clay 

John Precut David McClure 

Jebesh French Jacob Basford 

To the Hon le Cap 1 * of Chester, greeting. 

Whereas we y a Subscribers live Remote from the town and for some 
years past have been obliged to leave our places for want of a sufficient 
number of men to Keep a garrison which has been greatly to our damage 
and we being desirous to live here if we can have three or four men to 
help- support a garrison 
We Remain yours to serve, 

Ithamar Carv Philip Grifen 

Zachariah Butterfield - Joshua Hall 

Stephen Webster AHet Bary 

Aaron Butterfield 



TOWN PAPERS — CHESTER. 107 

To the Captains of Chester: 

We the subscribers earnestly Requests your Aid and assistance in 
pettioning the General Court for some help yourselves Knowing how 
we are scattered And how far a Distance from the metting house some 
7 some S some 9 miles from it Gentle men we are your humble ser- 
vants 

William Olicot? William McClintok 

Walter Macfarlan Nathaniel Boyd 

William Grinel Micheall McClintok. 



. Tolford & Wells' Petition. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Captain Gen- 
eral Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the 
Province of New Hampshire the Honourable his Majestys 
Council and House of Representatives in General Assembly 
Convened the Tenth day of May 174S 

The Petition of John Tolford and Thomas Wells of Chester 
in the Province of New Hampshire in behalf of the Inhab- 
itants of s l Chester most humbly Shews That the s' 1 Town of 
Chester is exposed to the Indian Enemy and sundry of the 
Dwelling houses in s 1 Town so exposed that unless there be 
more men to defend them than the Town itself can afford they 
will unavoidably be obliged to leave them and their lands also 
That thereby the Enemy will gain an advantage and the Fron- 
tier be bro't nearer the Center That Sundry Persons who live 
in the outskirts of said Town have pray'd for help as by their 
respective Petitions hereunto annexed and herewith presented 
may more fully appear. Wherefore your Petitioners Most 
humbly pray your Excellency and Honours to allow such a 
number of men for the Defence and protection of s l Town as 
in your great wisdom shall be tho't reasonable 

John Tolford 
Tho" Wells. 

In Council May 11 174S, 
read Sc Sent Down to the Hon bl,i House 
Theo. Atkinson Secy 



Minutes of Chester town meeting Mar. 29, if S3' 
At a meeting: of the free holders and Inhabitants of the Town of 
Chaster held at Chaster the 29^ Day of March 1753 Capt. Abel mors 
being moderator for said meeting amongst other things 

Voted that the after mentioned tract 01 Land may be Incorporated 
into a Parash Beginning at Londonderry Line at a Stake and stones 
being the South west Bound of Land Sold to Thomas Cochran by the 
proprietors of said Chaster and run stfate to a pitch pine tree being the 



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South west bound of Nathaniel Halls Land by penicook path than 

north north East By sad Halls Land as far as that gos and then Strate 
to the South East Corner of the 39 th Lote in the Second part of the sec- 
ond division than North 29 Degrees East to the north east bound of the 
43' 1 Lote in the afibresaid devision then west north west to tower hill 
pond and then strate to the north Est Corner of Darefeld then South 
by Derryfeld to Londondary Line to the first Bound mentioned 

A true Coppy Taken from Chaster town Book of Record as ates to 

Samuel Emerson 

town Clark 



Petition of Andrew Craigc of Chester, 9 Mar. 1757. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor & 

Commander In Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of 

New Hampshire the Hon" 10 his Majesty's Council & House 

of Representatives for saide Province in General Assembly 

Convened the Ninth Day of March 1757 

/The Humble Petition of Andrew Craigge of Chester in said 
Province One of the Select men of said Town for the Year 
1756 In behalf of himself & the other Select men of said Town 
for said Year Shews 

That by the Treasurers Warrant to the said Select to Levy 
the said Towns Proportion of the Province Tax for said year 
Several Different Sums arc mentioned &: ordered to be Levied 
and Paid into the Treasury at Different times and there are also 
two Sums Each of £ 203 :2 which the said Select were ordered 
as aforesaid to Raise which they by mistake took to be the 
same sum only twice mentioned in said Warrant by which 
Mistake the said Sum therein Last Mentioned is Omitted & no 
Tax has been made for Raising the same whereby the Said 
Town Talis so much in arrears to the Treasury 

That the time Limitted in said Warrant for Paying in the 
Said sum is Past & the Omission so Lately Discovered that the 
said Selectmen could not make a New Tax & Cornice the 
Same Seasonably to be Collected before the annual Meeting 
at which new officers may be Chosen and the Present Town 
Officers Superseded besides that it would have Perhaps Occa- 
sioned Some Disputes & Differences in said Town. Where- 
fore your Petitioner most Humbly Prays That as this Omission 
is the Effect of Inadvertence & not of Design the said Select- 
men may be Excused & Exempted from the Penalty of the Law 
in such Cases Provided That the Treasurer may be ordered 
to suspend Issuing an extent against them for this arrearage 
but that the said Town may have further time for the Pay- 
ment thereof that the Selectmen that may be Chosen for the 
Present Year mav be authorized to Levy the Same with the 
Tax for this Year in the Same manner as it Ought to have 
been done in the Year Past and that a Resolve of the whole 



TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. IO9 

Legislature may be Past for this Purpose or if that should be 
tho't Insufficient That your Petitioner may have Leave to bring 
in a Bill accordingly or that you would be Pleased to Grant 
Such other Relief in the Premises as in Your Great Wisdom 
& Goodness you shall judge Expedient and your Petitioner as 
in Duty Bound shall Ever Pray &c 

And w Craige. 
In Council March 9 th 1757 

read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon ble Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Sec. 
Province of VI n the house of Representatives March 10 th 1757 
New Hamps j This Petition having been read & the Petitioner being 
fully heard thereon 
Resolved That the prayer thereof be granted & that the Petitioner 
have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

Andrew Ciarkson Clerk 
In Coitncil Eodem Die 
read Si. Concurrd 

Theod. Atkinson Secy. 

Consented to 

B. Wentworth. 



AD VERT1SE M EXT. 



The~e are to notify and warn the free holders and Inhabitants of the 
Town of Chester Qualifyed for Voting to assemble and meet at the old 
Meeting house in Chester upon Wednesday the Twenty sixth Day of 
this Instant January at one of the Clock in the afternoon of s 1 Day 
I st To chuse a moderator for said meeting 2 ! - v To see if the Town will 
Vote of that part of the Town called the north Parish or freetown so 
called to be a Town or Parish by themselves or to act and Do what shall 
be Thought proper in that aifair 

John Webster "j Selectmen 

Dated at Chester January i2'- h 1763 Bradbury Carr !- of 

Mathew Forsaitii J Chester 
At a meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Town of 
Chester held at Chester January 26 th .1763 agreeable to the fore going 
Warning 
Voted Deacon Ebenezer Dearborn moderator for said meeting 
2 ,v Voted Sam 1 Robie Clerk pro tempore for said meeting 
Voted That That part of the Town of Chester Called the north Par- 
rish or freetown as much as was Laid out in Parrish forme shall be set 
of as a Town or Parrish 

A True Copy Taken from Chester Town Book of Records 

Attest Sam 1 Emerson Town Clerk 



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The Petition of the Inhabitants of the North -parish in 

Chester, June 14, 1763. 

To His Excellency Benning Wintworth Esq r Governor and 

Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of 

New hampshire The Hon bie his Majesties Councill and the 

Honourable House of Representatives in Generall Assembly 

Conven'd ; 

The Petition of us The Subscribers Inhabitants of that part 
of Chester Call 1 The North parish or free town, Humbly 
Sheweth 

That your Petitioners Living at such a great Distance from 
the Town, That they have no advantage of the Ministry nor 
Schools notwithstanding they have for many years Paid There 
proportion. To the Support of Boath and the Town being 
sensable That It would be Just for us To be freed from that 
Charge have at a meeting held at Chester Jan 5 " 26 ; 1763, 

Voted That, that Part of the Town of Chester call'd The 
North parrish or freetown, as much as was Laid out in parrish 
form, shall be .Sett of as a Town or Parrish the bounds, of s' 1 
North Parrish so call'd are as foP beginning at the north East 
Corner of Chester upon the head line of Exeter at a beach or 



between 
29 



Chester 



Notti 



maple Tree being the bounds 

ham. So Running South ab. 29 Degrees west bounding on 
Exeter head line rive miles to the South East Corner of the 
Lott N ' 30. then west north west five miles or so for as to con- 
tain all the old hundred acre Lotts then North 29 Degrees 
East Five Miles To Notting 11 Line then on s' J Line to the first 
bound 

We therefore Pray That all the Land Included in s 4 Bound, 
with all the poles & Estates therein Containd may be Incorpo- 
rated into a distink Parrish from the Town of Chester and be 
Invested with Same powers and Priveledges That Towns in 
This Province are by Law Intitied To and That we may have 
Liberty to bring in a bill accordingly and your Petitioners as 
in Duty bound shall ever Pray 

March 1 '- 1763. 

Daniel Clay 
Stephen Marden 
Obidiah Grifen 
Moses Sanborn 
Caleb Row? 
Robarr. Page 
John Su-eet 
Daniel Robie 
Jonas Clay 
Stephen Wesson 
Jetliro Bachelder 
Benj a Whittier 
Clemant Dollof 



Daniel Gordin 
Daniel Holman 
Elisha Towle 
Jonathan Brown 
Simeon Bery 
Noah Mouiton 
Wadiigh Cram 
Joseph Giles 
Daniel Lane 
Ezekiel Lane 
David Lane 
Nathan Mouiton 
Josiah Fogg 



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T0VTS PAPERS — CHESTER. 



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Daniel Gordan Jr. 
John Cram 
Alex-' Mel vi n 
Stephen Fogg 
Benjamin Smith 
James Fullenton 
Samuel Cram 
John Stevens 
Jonathan Dearborn 
Benia Bean 

— ? Moody 

Benjamin Brown 
Miles Bean 
Isaac Clifford 



Paul Smith Maraton 
Benjamin Prscut 
John Fullonton 
John Wells 
John Prscot Jun r 
William Todd 
Timothy Clough 
Ezekiel Smith 
David Bean 
Alexander Smith 
Barten Pollard 
David Been Jun r 
Nathaniel Ethridge 
Enoch Fogg. 



In Council June i-f'' 1 1763 

Read & Sent down to the Hen V:e assembly 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secy. 
Province of") In the house of Representatives Dec' I st 1763 
New Hamp /This petition being read 

Voted That the petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the 
Sitting of the G<^n. Assembly Next. after the 25 th Inst & that they Cause 
the Substance of this petition »S: order of Court thereon to be adver- 
tised In the New Kamps- Gazzette two weeks successively that any per- 
son concerned may appear <S: Shew cause if any they have why the 
prayer thereof should not be Granted 

A. Clarkson Clerk. 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & concurred 

Theo Atkinson Secy. 
Province of ) In the House of Representatives Apr. 12, 1764, 
New Hamps /This Petition & order of the Court thereon being read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be granted & that, the petitioners have 
.liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

A. Clarkson Clerk 






Petition for a Parish. 

Province of \ 
New Hampshire j 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq 1 " Captain General 
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majes- 
ties province of New Hampshire in New England and to 
the Honourable his Majesties Council and house of Repre- 
sentatives in general Assembly convened 
The Humble Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of 
the Northwesterly part of Chester in the province afores' 1 
Most humbly Sheweth that the Situation of the place where 
we live is such that we cannot without Much Difficulty attend 
the public!: worship of God with our family's in good Weather - 
and at many times in the year not at all. "And the Town of 
Chester being Sensible of our Difficulties have pass'd a Vote 









112 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

in their Annual Meeting the 2$ V] of March 1762 that we should 
be set off from them as a Distinct parish about five miles and 
a half in Length and about four miles in Breadth as followeth, 
viz) Bounding Northerly upon Nottingham line Easterly on 
the old Hundred acre lotts so called,. Southerly on the Long 
•Meadow parish as that is voted off already, and westerly on 
the forty acre lotts. AVherefore we pray that we may be In 
corporated into a parish agreeable to the above mentioned 
Bounds and be Invested with all those privelidges that other 
parishes have within this province The granting of which we 
Humbly Concieve will be a great benefitt too your Humble 
petitioners and our family s And your petitioners as in Duty 
Bound shall ever pray 

Chester March 22' 1 Anno Dominie 1763 

Benja n Batchelder James M'Clure 

Sam 1 Mooers Nicklus Smith 

William Putned? Jonathan Tovvle 

Winthrop Wells Phineas Towle 

Jonathan Hills Stephen Palmer 

Samuel Tovvie Nath 1 Ingal'.s 

John Clay Abraham Fitts 

Moses Baker Jacob Sergant 

Thomas Sargent Theupliiius Ciough 

Stephen Webster Sherburne Rowe 

Joseph Smith Ichabod Robie 

Jeremiah Bean John Karr 

Zebed Barer Asel Quimbey 

Enoch Colebv Elisha Been 



Moses Sweet? Thomas Chretchet 

Natha'- Emerson Gilman Dudley 

John Sargent David Hills 

Jonathan Been . Samuel Eastman 

Benj ;; Smith Zachanah CletTord 

In Council June 2 d 1763 

Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon ble House 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. 
Province of ) In the house of Representatives June 2' 1 1763 
New Hamps /This petition being read 

Ordered That the petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the 
Sitting of the General Assembly after the first Day of Aug. next £ that 
they cause the substance of this petition & order of Court thereon to 
be advertized In the New Hampshire Gazette three weeks successively, 
that any persons concerned may appear & Shew Cause if Any they have 
why the prayer thereof should not be Granted 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 

Read & Concurred T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. 

Province of) In the house of Representatives Dec 2 1 1763 
New Hamp /This Petition being Read 

Voted that the prayer thereof be granted & that j:he petitioners have 
liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
Eodem Die in Council 

read Sc Concurred Thecd Atkinson J r Sec. 



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TOWN" PAPERS— CHESTER. 



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Petition to confirm hounds, &c. 
Province of New Hampshear 
Chester Dec r 1771 

To His Exelency John Wintworth Esq r Captain Generall & 
Governor in & over His Majesties Province of New Hamo- 
shear &c To the Honourable his Majesties 
House of Representatives Now assembled 



The Petition of 
Greatest Part of a 



is the Subscribers Being in Number the 
Destrict or Parish Commonly Called the 



Long Meadows Humbly Sheweth that being by a Vote of this 
Town- in the Anuel Metins: in the month 



m 
1753 Voted of 



for 



.sh -B- 



m tne montn of March A D. 
j Certain Limited Bounds More 
Clearly set forth in said Vote the Coppy of Which Being 
Ready to Be Produced, Humbly Prayeth that Your Exelency 
& Honours would be Pleased to Confirm & Establish said Vote 
& Bounds, and Grant Unto Us all Parish Privelidges with full 
Power to Hier a Gospell Minister to Preach Unto us, or to 
Settle & Ordain one Over us for the Better Conveniency of our 
attending the Pubiick Worship of God, and. your Petitioners 
as in Duty Bound will Ever Pray 

Toha Patten 



Nathaniel Lift-a 
John Orr 
Robert Craig 
Samuel Dimsmor 
Wells Chase 
Barnard Brickett 
Stephen Derbon 
Nathaniel Wood ? 
Joseph Calte 
Samuel Blunt 
Mansfield McDoffy 



Thomas Fowler 
Th 



omas Fowier 
Huo-h McAffee 



ler Jum 



iNatl 



resbury 



Daniel Weatherspoon 

Sara 1 Aiken 

Rob' Calte _ 

Anthony Sdckney 

Robert Witherspoon 

David White 

Will'" Litch 

Joseoh Linn 

Caleb Hall 

Moodv Chase 

Moses Hills 

David Wetherspoon 

Peter Aiken 

James Weatherspoon 

In Council Dec r 19 th 1771 

The foregoing Petition was read and ordered 
Hon' 01 * Assembly. 

Geo. King Dep. Sec. 

In the House of Representatives Decr 19, 1771 



aniel J 

Mark 
James 'A Horn 

His 
Benj Peirce 
Samuel Peirce 
Robert McKinley 
Stephen Merrill 
William McMaster 
Moses Underbill 
Hugh C'-ombie 
Robert Patton 
Thomas Sharlay 
James Sharlay 
Samuel Sharlay 
Robert Gilcrest 
Joseph Dearben 
Moses McFarland 
William Grimes 
John Grimes 
Adam Will son 
James Grimes 
W m Brown Junr. 



to be sent down to the 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Voted that the Petition" at their own cost Serve the Selectmen of 
Chester with a Copy of this Petition & order of Court thereon that 
they may he heard & Shew Cause if any they have why the Prayer 
thereof shoud not be granted on the third day of the sitting of the 
Gen' 1 assembly after the 10 th day of February next 

Attest \V m Parker Or. 
In Council Dec 19 th 1771 
L . Read & Concurrd 

Geo. King D. Sec. 

Chester Dec. the 24. 1771 
We the Selectmen of Chester Have this Day rec'd this Petition 

John Rob ie > Selectmen 

Nathan Webster j of Chester 



[The -following is a copy of the Vote above referred to :■] 

At a meeting of the fret, holders and inhabitants of the Town of 
Chester, the 29 th day of March 1753. ' iast - Capt. Abel Morss being moder- 
ator for said meeting: — amongst other things. 

Voted, That the after mentioned tract of land may be in corporated 
into a Parrish, Beginning at Londonderry Line at a Stake and stones 
being the South West bound of Land sold to Thomas Cochran by the 
Proprietors of said Chester, and run straight to a pitch-pine tree being 
the south west bound of Nathaniel Halls Land by Penicook path, then 
north north-east by said Hails Land as far as that goes, and then 
straight to the south-east corner of the 39 th Lot in the second part of 
the second Division : then North 29 Degrees east to the North-east 
bound of the 43 1 Lot in the aforesaid division, then west nor west to 
Tower Hill pond, and then streight to the north-east corner of Deri- 
field, then south by Derrifield to Londonderry Line and so by London- 
derry Line to the first bound mentioned. 

A true copy taken from Chester Town Book of Record, as Attests 

Sam 1 Emerson, Town Clerk. 



[The following names appear to 

Nath 1 Linn 

Capt. Anth Sticknev 

Rob c Galfe 

Joseph Linn 

James Wetherspun 

Alex Sawyer 

Thomas Fowler 1 son 

Arch 1 McDuffee 

Dan 1 Wetherspoon 

Hugh McDuffee 2 sons 

James Harne 

Nath 1 Presbey one son 

Benj Parce & one Son 

W a ' Brown 

Jer Coner 

Sam 1 Akin one son 

Peter Akin 

David Wetheirspo'one 

Rob : Craig 

Math Ternpelton 

Rob' Mekinly 

David Dinesmoor & 3 sons 

William Miller 



be connected with the foregoing. xl,d.] 

Hugh Crumble one son 

John Patten 

Tho a McMaster one 

David Dickey 

W"> Gillcrest 

W m McMaster 

Rob' Patten 

Stephen Mori 

Alex Kinecom 

And ,v McFarlin one 

Moses McFarlin 

W" 1 Grimes & one son 

John Grimes 

James Grimes 

Joseph Calfe 

Moses Hills 

W" 1 Litch 

Jesse Harriman 

John Macfariin 

Tho 5 Shadow 4 sons 

Dea Adam Wilison 2 sons 

John Crafford 

Moses Underbill 



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TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. 



James Hid _ 

Barnard Bricket 



one son 



Alex Beery 

Alex Sevey 

Joseph Dearborn 

Caleb Hall 

Cap. Stephen Dearbon 

Modey Chase 

Welles Chase 

Nath 1 Woods 

W m Underhill 

David Underbill 

W* Craig 

Rob* Cran 

John Craig 

Famelys 72 — Poles 22 



John Orr 

Rob* Wetherspone 
Sam 1 Dt-smoer 
David VVhire 
Joshua Blunt 
Sam 1 Sucsedr? 
Mansfield McDuffee 
Mica! Gorden 
James Akin 
W* McNeil j 
W m Vance 
W ra Miller 

Hugh & James Miller 
James Litch 



"5 



Me m ran du m . 

Agreed upon by the Subscribers Chosen as a Comitee for the Presbe- 
train Parish in Chester part from y" Lower End of y- town and part 
from y* Long Meadow so call'd viz: that y e Long Meadow part so 
call'd is to have have y 5 one half of y 3 Preching for Nine months from 
y e first of March to y" first of December During y e time that the Rev' 1 
John Wilson is able to Preach and y- Remainder to the Lower End of 
y e town, and that y= Long Meadow part;,- is to pay y e Sum of twenty 
pounds Lawful money yearly During the Rev 1 John Wilsons minestry 
and Colect y"- part of y- money them selves and y e Lower End of y» 
town to pay twenty five pounds, and Colect there one money them 
selves. 






N. B. — Each party Bound in Bonds to preform y 3 above agreement or 
apply to the Generl Cort to Establish the agreement according to y" 
above themselves. 

Math w Forsaith 
Thomas McMaston 
Rob 1 Wilson 
Henry Moore 
Joseph Linn j 



Committee 
for the 

Presbe train 
Parish 



Answer to the Petition for a Parish being set off. 

Province of ~\ 
New H amps 're > 
Rockingham Ss j 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Capt. Gen 1 Gov- 
ernor & Comnv in chief in & over s d Province. The Hon ble 
his Majesty's Council, & House of Representatives in Gen 1 
Assembly Conven'd May 9 th 1772 

The Answer of Andrew Jack, Henry Morse, & Robert Wil- 
son Gentlemen, a Commit.t-e in behalf of the Presbyterian 



Il6 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Parish in Chester in said County to the Petition of John Pat- 
I ten & others, petitioners for a Parish to be set off in said Ches- 

ter as by their Petition dated Dec r 11 th 1 771 , will more fully 
appear Humbly Sheweth, That whereas the Parishioners of 
said Presbyterian Parish have been cited to Shew cause why 
the prayer of said Petition should not be granted — We, in be- 
half of said Parish appear, and beg leave to suggest to your 
Excellency & Honors that s' 1 Petitioners Join'd with the rest 
of said Parish in the Choice of the Rev' 1 John Wilson for their 
Minister and voted him a certain Yearly Salary and have been, 
and still are well satisfied with his life and Doctrines, but for 
other Reasons they desire to be set off as a distinct Parish, 
altho' they are convinced it is their duty to perform their con- 
tract with said Minister, & in Consequence thereof did, at a 
legal meeting held at s' 1 Chester, mutually agree with the rest 
of said Parishioners in the lower End of the Parish to have 
one half the Preaching for nine months yearly from the first 
day of March, to the first day of December during the time 
that the said Minister was able to preach, and the remainder of 
his Preaching should be to the People of the lower end of said 
Parish and that the said Petitioners pay the sum of Twenty 
pounds lawful money yearly during the ministry of the said 
John Wilson, and collect that part of the money themselves, 
and the Parishioners at the lower End of said Parish Then 
agreed with said Petitioners to pay to s' 1 Minister Twenty live 
pounds like money Yearly during said Term, and to collect 
the same themselves. Now we in behalf of the lower End of 

(said Parish have no objection to the prayer of said Petition 
being granted so far as it respects their being set off as a dis- 
tinct parish, provided they continue to fulfil their agreement 
before mentioned by paying to s d Minister duly the said sum 
by them agreed to pay him. But inasmuch as the lower end 
of the Parish are utterly incapable of maintaining a Minister 
themselves they pray that said Petitioners may not be freed 
from paying the sum aforesaid agreeable to their before ment 1 
contract . : 

"j Committee in 
And w Jack [ behalf of the 

May 21 1772. Henry Moore | Presbyterean 

J Parish in Chester 



The Long medow Parrish ought to be Bounded thus : Begin- 
ning at Londonderry Line at a Stake and Stones Being the South 
West Bound of Land sold to Thomas Cochran by the Propri- 
etors of Chester and Run Streight to a pich pine tree being the 



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TOWN PAPERS — CHESTER. 11*7 

South west bound of Nathaniel Halls Land by Penicook path 
then north north east by said Halls' Land as far as that goes 
and then streight. to the South East Corner of the 3c/ 11 Lot in 
the second part of the second Diviseon, then north 29 degrees 
East to the North east bound of the 43 d lot in the atYoresaid Di- 
vision and then west nor west bounding on Candia Crossing 
Tower Hill pond, to a Stake and stones being- the South West 
Corner of Candia then north 29 Degrees East Bounding on 
Candia to Nottingham Line, and then west nor west upon the 
Northerly Line of the Town to Merrimack River, then South 
upon the Westerly Line of the Town to Derrifield So Bound- 
ing on Derrifield to Londonderry Line and so on that to the 
first bounds mentioned We the Subscribers the Present Select 
men for the town of- Chester have no objection to make as a 
town a Ganst a parish being set of agreeable to the aBove 
Bounds or so as to Enclude all the Land Belonging to Said 
town Laying above what was voted of as a parish So that the 
town may not be obliged to Cross Said parish in order to trans- 
act bisness as a town so Remote and Ilconveniant 

Sa:u ! Robie ) Selectmen 



Chester May y e 20 1772 



Joseph True j of Chester 



Further Petition. 

Chester Jan. 7 1 773 
To John Wintworth Esqr. Capt. Generall and Govenor in and 
over his Majesties Province of New Hampshere &c To the 
Honourable his Majesties Counsell and House of Represen- 
tatives now Assembled 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Humbly Sheweth that 
whereas we the Last year Petioned your Exelency and Hon- 
ours to be Incorporated Into a Parish by a Line Voted by this 
Town at their Anuel Meeting in March K. D. 1753 or by any 
other Line or Destrict your Exelency & Honours Shall think 
Best for the Better Inabling us to attend and Provide for the 
Publick Worship of God but still finding Ourselves Labouring 
Under Greate Dincultys in that Respect by Reason of the Dis- 
tance we are at from the Lower Meting House where our 
Rev' 1 Teacher Mr. Wilson Officiates his age and Infermity of 
Body being such that for three months in the year we are 
wholey without a Teacher the other part of time having but 
about half the Teaching which occasions us to Repeate this 
our Humble Petition Praying that your Exelency and Honours 
would be Pleased to here us and Releve us out of our said 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Dificueltys and your Petitioners will as in Deuty Bound Ever 
pray 



Anthony Stickney 
Timothy Lunt 
Edmund Stickney 
Peter Akin 
David Wetherspoon 
Joseph Linn 
Nathaniel Linn 
Hugh McDuffee 
Joseph Blanehard 
Moses Underhiil 
Caleb Hail 
James Hidder 
John Patten 
Robert Patten 
Robert Calfe 
Bcnj. Peirce a 



Sam 1 Aken 
W a Brown 
Nathaniel Presby 
James Home 
his ^ mark 

James Wetherspoon 
Sam? Aken Junr. 
Mansfield McAffee 
Robert Gilcrest 
William Litch 
Joseph Calfe 
Hugh Miller 
Daniel Wetherspoon 
Archibald Mackafee 
Moses McFarland 



Province of") T ,, TT c n ,-... T 

New Hamps j Inthe House of Representees Jan^ 23 1773 

Voted that the Petition 1 "" Serve tire Select men of Chester with a Copy 
of the Petition & order of Court thereon & that they may be heard 
thereon the third day of the setting of the Gen 1 Assembly after the first 
day of April 

William Parker Cler Ass m 
In Council eodem die 
Read S: con curd 

Geo King D. Sec 
In the house of Representatives May 13 1773- 

the Petitioners were heard to Enforce this Petition and a part of the 
Inhabitants heard in Answer and considering the circumstances of the 
People 
Voted that the Petition be Dismiss'd 

William Parker Cler 

Chester March y e 23 1773 
This day serv'd with y e within Petition greeable to order of Cort 

Sam ! Robie ) Selectmen 
Joseph True j of Chester 



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Humble Petition to the Great & General Court 
Humblv Shczveth 



Province of 
New Hampshire 

n Mar. 1773 

That whereas, a petition has formerly been presented unto the 
o-reat and General Court of this province by a number of the 
inhabitants of that part of Chester commonly called the Long 
meadow, and that the said petition setteth forth the great in- 
conveniency the inhabitants labour under by being at such a 
distance, from the two several meeting Houses belonging to 
the said town of Chester, and that they the said inhabitants 
are thereby often prevented from hearing the word of God 
preached ec therefore they have presumed to Pray the Great & 



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TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. 



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General Court to Incorporate them into a separate parish by 
themselves. At a late public meeting of said inhabitants of 
said part of the town of Chester, they convened and almost 
voted unanimously a positive resolve, that the former said peti- 
tion should be dormant ; for they the inhabitants maturely con- 
sidered the great hardships they already laboured under (tho' 
considered as part joined with the whole Town) and that if 
such a plan was put in execution, they would be rendered un- 
capable of answering the intention of said former petition, and 
at the same time lav themselves under many more difficulties not 
only of being deprived of hearing the word of God preached 
amongst them (which is at present faithfully done twice every 
Month by the Rev 1 Mr. Wilson) but the small probability of 
being unanimous in their choice which at present they are hap- 
pily united And further as the said former Petition was clan- 
destinely propagated amongst the inhabitants by designing 
men whose aim was only self interest, consequently enemies 
to the body politic, when they consider themselves if seperated 
from the rest of the Town of the aforesaid Chester not to ex- 
ceed above fifty or sixty famelys, and those (most of them at 
least) in circumstances very uncapable of bearing such taxes 
as they must necessary undergo under such a scheme. 

Therefor, the Several Inhabitants, deliberating upon the 
many circumstances there anent Hereby Humbly sublicates 
that the Great and General Court, will be pleased to view the 
former presented Petition as propagated by a few persons dis- 
senting from the community purely to gratify their own hu- 
mour and that the above said Great and General Court, will 
deliver its from being imposed upon by such who are enemies 
to our happy constitution and Your Petitioners as in duty- 
bound shall ever pray 

Chester Mar. 11, 1 773 



James Sharley 
John McFarland 
James Litch 
Mansfield McAffee 
John Craford 
Moses Underhill 
John Orr 
William Vance 
Mathew Templeton 
Robert Craige 
Robert McKinley 
Stephen Merrill 
Stephen Derben 
Moody Chase 
Nathan ael Wood 
Joseph Dearben 
Moses Hills 
David Underhill 
David Cunningham 



Samuel Blunt 
William Craig 
John Craig 
Thomas Sharley 
Jerimia Coner 
David Dinsmoor 
Arthur Dinsmore 
Robert Dinsmore 
Thomas McMaster 
Thomas McMaster Jr. 
William McMaster 
David Dickey 
Aron Rollings 
William Gilcrest 
William Miller 
James Miller 
Michael Gordon - 
Andrew MacFarland 
James McFarland 



CHESTERFIELD. 



[Chesterfield was granted February 11, ll'rl; the first settlement was made Xov. 
15,1761. Ed.] 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Cap r Gen 1 and 
Govern' in chief &c and to the Hon bU His Majesty 5 Coun- 
cil of said Province 

By this Memorial — 
"Humbly shews Joseph Warren of Boston in the Province of 



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1 20 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Chester April y e 24 th 1773 
To the Wardens of the presbeterian parish in Chester, Gentlemen 
the Request of jour humble Subscribers is that you Would be pleased 
as soon as posible to call a parish meeting that the Disputes Concern- 
ing the Sitting off of the long meadow May be laid before the parish in 
General for to see If the Lower part of the parish will assist anything 
in Keeping the parish Conected as It now is pray Gentlemen Dont 
Neglect and in so Doing you Will oblidge your humble Servants 

I. David Dickey William Miller 

Thomas Sherlv Hugh Miller 

Mathew Templeton William Gilcrest 

Robert McKinley Thomas McMaster 

David Dinsmore . . Willam McMaster 

I 



To Ijjis Exelancy John Wintworth Esqr. Capt. general] and 
governor and Comander in Cheaif of His Majesties Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire &c 

Thee Humball* Pertion of Daniel Foster of Chester, in New 
Hampshior Sheweth that your Humball Pertioner DoathPray 
That your Exelancy would Be Pleased to Grant me your Hum- 
ball Pertioner The Privoledge of a Ferry over Merrimack 
River aGainst my Dwelling Howes in Chester and against the 
upper end of GoiTstown there Being No Ferry Below Their 
while we cum to Amasquage Falls which is Six Mills Below 
and their is no Ferry Above their for above four Mills which 
is against Pembrock Town and This Place is Citewate where 
it will greatlv acomidate the People That Travill to or from 
gofstown Dunbarton Bowtown and HopKingtown and many 
other Towns above Their 

I should be glad to serve the Publick in this Thing as your 
Humball Pevtioner in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray 

Daniel Foster 



TOWN PAPERS — CHESTERFIELD. 121 

Wheelwright late of said Boston merchant dec 11 and which said 
Nathaniel was sole Executor of the Testament of the Hon 
John Wheelwright late of Boston aforesaid Esq r dec d 

Your Memorialist humbly begs leave to make mention to 
your Excellency and Hon s that very lately he by the greatest 
accident was informed that one Mr. Willard had petitioned 
your Excellency & Hon 5 to Grant him a certain large Quan- 
tity of Land heretofore Granted to John Wheelwright and 
others, and for reasons in said petition mentioned which your 
Mem conceives of to be more specious than real, y r Memori- 
alist after mentioning a fact o-r two, will without saying a word 
more submit it to your Excellency's & Hon 5 Just determina- 
tion. In the first place it is since this Mr. Willard's pretering 
his Petitions that your Memorialist knew that his Intestate or 
his Testator ever had any Land, in your Excellency's Govern- 
ment (lying if your memorialist is rightly informed at place 
call'd Chesterfield or else where) be that as it may, your Ex- 
cellency & Hon" will view him as the administrator of an Ex- 
ecutor. And how the affairs of M r Nathaniel Wheelwright the 
Intestate were circumstanced at his puting off and death, is 
not a thing unknown to almost every body in the five? prov- 
inces — and that there are many heavy demands made upon 
your Mem as administrator of the said Nathaniel Wheel- 
wright to the amount: of a Great Many Thousand pounds ster- 
ling is too obvious to be disputed even by Mr. Willard himself — 
And your Mem begs leave to assure y r Excellency & Hon- 
ours, that he will make a point of it, and most punctually 
comply with the Conditions of the Grant of said Lands or the 
charter as it is otherwise called with all convenient speed (or 
as your Excellency & Honours shall direct) in order to make 
payment of the vast sums (as far as these Lands will ^;o) to 
the multitude of the said Nathaniels creditors in proportion, for 
which reasons, if the said Mr. Willard has not the native mod- 
esty to pray that his most extraordinary misconceived 
pt u may be by him withdrawn, your Mem'' has the Modest 
assurance to hope that your Excellency & Hon 1 ' 3 will dismiss 
the same as groundless & unreasonable 

Your Mem is also attorney to Mr. Joseph Wheelwright one 
of the sons & heirs of the afores 1 Jn" Wheelwright dec'd and 
which s d Joseph has amply paid a persou in New Hampshire 
Governm' to do the needful and to which your Mem" will have 
a peculiar regard & care &.c which said Joseph Wheelwright is 
now in London 

All which is submitted by Samuel Swift attorney to s' 1 
Jo a Warren Adirr 

Boston July 3 d 1771. 



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Col. jfosiah Willard'' s Petition for sundry rights in Ches- 

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terfield. 



Province of 
New Hampshire 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Captain General 

Governor and Commander in chief in Sc over his Majesty's 

Province aforesaid and vice Admiral of the same In Council 

The petition of Josiah Willard of Winchester Esq r Humbly 

shews 

That there are sundry Grantees (viz) John Wheelwright, 
Joseph Wheelwright, Jeremiah W r heelwright, Nathaniel 
Wheelwright. Thomas Paine John Annes & Oliver Butler of 
a Tract of Land, charter' d and granted by the Governor of the 
province aforesaid with advice of his Majesty's Council and In- 
corporated into a Township by the name of Chesterfield and 
which said Tract was by Charter to be held and enjoyed in 
severalty and djvided to and amongst the Grantees in equal 
shares and upon their separate performance of sundry condi- 
tions and reservations particularly mentioned and stipulated in 
the said Grant, and tho' the Time prefixed in the said Grant 
for the performance of the said Conditions has been elapsed, 
yet so it is that at this Time neither the residence of the 
Grantees above mentioned nor the cultivation of the Lands, 
have been as yet performed but only such part as hath been 
done at the expence of your petition 1 " Wherefore he -humbly 
Prays that the forfeiture of the said Lands may be exacted and 
the said Shares regranted to him or that he may be reimbursed 
the charge he hath .been at in paying the rates and Taxes & 
clearing some parts of the said Land. And your Petitioners 
as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c 

Josiah Willard. 
Portsm 26^ March 1771. 



CHESWICK— now LITTLETON. 

[This town was first granted by the name of Cheszvick, Nov. 17, 1766 ; 
regranted by the name^of Af thorp, Jan. 18,1770; the territory was 
divided, Nov. 4, 17S4. into the towns of Littleton and Dalton. Ed.] _, 

Petition of Moses Little and Associates. 

Province of ") 
New Hampshire \ - . 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Captain General, 



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TOWN PAPERS — CHICHESTER. I23 

Governor & Commander in Chief of the Province aforesaid 
Be to the Honorable his Majestvs Council for said Province 
The Memorial of Moses Little of Newbury in the Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay and his Associates humbly Sheweth 
that your Memorrialists having for a valuable consideration pur- 
chased a Certain Tract of Land by the Name of Cheswick be- 
ing in said Province of New Hampshire, and formally Granted 
to a Number of Persons by the Honorable Penning Went- 
worth Esq r late Governor of said Province of New Hamp- 
shire by Charter under the Great Seal of said Province, which 
Charter has very lately Expired, And that Your Memorialists 
have already 'at a very Great Expence begun a Settlement on 
said Tract of Land, which they were Determined to Prose- 
cute, but apprehending it necessary for their future security, 
that said Charter be extended which your Memorialists are 
willing to Surrender would most humbly pray that said Char- 
ter may be extended and that the Bounds of said Cheswick, 
which in said Charter are not fully Ascertained, may be now 
made Certain, and may be the Same as are mentioned in the 
Plan of Survey herewith Exhibited which include a much less 
Quantity of Land, than was by your Memorialists, aty' J Time 
of their said Purchase, Suppos'd to be Contained within said 
Township of Cheswick, your Memorialists therefore Relying 
on the wonted Goodness of your Excellency and Honors most 
humbly pray that s'd Charter maybe Extended the usual Time 
and that the Bounds as pray'd for may be Established, and as 
in Duty bound shall ever pray 

Moses Little. 
Portsmouth Jany i^ vd 1770 



CHICHESTER. 

[Thi 3 town was incorporated 20 May 1727. A Copy of the Charter is the first paper 
under this head. Ed.] 

CHARTER. 

Georg by the Grace of God of Great Britaine France and Ireland Kinge 

Defender of the faith &c. 

To all People to whom these Presents shall Come Greetting Know 
y* a that wee of our Speciall Knowledge and meer motion, for theDue En- 
couragement of Settling a new Plantation Brand with the advice and Con- 
8en.tof.our Coimdll have given and granted and by these Presents as faras 
in us lies do give and Grant in Equall Shares unto Sundry of our be- 
loved Subjects whose names are Enter'd in a Schedule hereunto annexed 
that Inhabit or shall Inhabitwithin the said grant within our Provence of 
Newhampshire ail that Tract of land within the following bounds viz : 



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I24 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



to begin on the South West side of the Town of Barnstead and from 
thence Running South Westerly on the head of the Town Notting- 
ham until! Eight miles be accomplished and then Northwest Eight 
miles then North East Eight miles. Then South East by the said Town 
of Barnstead to the Place where it first begun and that the same be a 
Town Corporate by the name of Chichester to the Persons a rib re said 
for Ever To Have and To hold the s' 1 land to the s d Grantees and their 
heirs and assigns for Ever and to such associates as thay shall admitt 
upon the following Conditions (1) That the Proprietors within three 
years Buld or cause to be built Sixty Dwelling houses and settle famil- 
lies in the same and Cleane three acres of Ground fitt for Planting or 
Mowing and that Each Proprietor Pay his Proportion of the Town 
Charges when and so off ten as occasion Shall Require the same (2) 
that a Meetting house be Built' for y* Publick Worship of God within 
the Tearm oi fore years 

3d that upon Default of any Particular Proprietor in Complying with 
the Conditions of this Charter upon his Part Such Delinquent Propri- 
etor shall forfeit his share of the s 1 land to the other Proprietors which 
shall be Disposed of according to the major Vote of the s 1 Proprietors 
atta Legall 'Meetting 

4. That a Proprietors Share be Reserved for a Parsonage and another 
for the first Minister of the Gospell that Shall be their Settled and or- 
dained and another Proprietors share for the Benefitt of a Schoole in 
the s ,! Town Provided nevertheless that the Peace with the Indians 
continue for the Space of three years but if itt Should happen that a 
Warr with the Indians should Commence before the Expiration of the 
aftbres" : Tearm of three years that then the s 1 Term of three years shall 
be allowed the Proprietors affter the Expiration of the warr for the Per- 
formance of the a£fo;re sd Conditions Rendering and Paying therefore to 
us our heirs and Successors or such officer or officers as shall be ap- 
pointed to Receve the same the Annual! QuitRenttor acknowledgement 
of one Pound of Hemp in the s d Town on the Last Wednesday in march 
yearly for Ever if Demanded Reserving also unto us our heirs 
and successors all Mast Trees growing on s l Tract of land according to 
acts of Parlyment in that Case made and Provided and for the better 
order Rull and government of the s rl Town Wee do by these Presents 
for our selves our heirs and successors Grant unto the s a Men and In- 
habitants or those that shall Inhabit sd. Town that yearly and Every 
yeare upon the Second Wednesday in March for Ever shall meett to 
Elect and Ch-use by the major Part of the Proprietors then Present Con- 
stables Select men and other Town officers according to the laws and 
usages of our affors'd Provence with Power Preveleidges and au- 
thority as other Town officers within our atforesaid Provence have and 
Injoy and for the Notitiing and calling o{ the first Town meetting wee 
do hereby appoint Petter Weare Esqr. John Sanborn and Jacob Freese 
to be the first Select men and thay to Continue in s 1 Respective office 
as Select men until! the second Wednesday in the month of march 
which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and 
twenty Eight and until] other Selectmen shall be Chosen and appointed 
in their stead in such manner a* in these Presents Expressed. In Tes- 
timony whereof we have cased the Seale of our said Provence to be 
hereunto atixed Witness John Wentworth Esq r our Lieutenant Gov- 
ernor and Commander in Chiefe in and over our said Provence att our 
Town of Portsmouth in said Provence of New Hampshire the Twenty - 
eth Dav of May in the thirteenth yeare of our Reigne Anno Domine 

J 7 2 7- 

John Went worth*. 



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By order of his Hon r U Gov r with advice of y° Counsell 

Richard "Waldron 

Clark of the Coufisell 
A True Coppy of Chichester Chartter Examined by me 

Will*" Staniford Clark of Chichester 



C/i ich ester Petitio n . 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq 1 ' Commander in 
chief in and over his Majesties Province of New Hampshire 
and to y e Honourable the Councell of the s 1 Province 
The Peticion of the Proprietors of the township of Chiches- 



ter in the Province afores' 1 E 



.blv Sheweth 



That your Peticioners In y e year 1727 had a track of Land 
Granted to them ; Now called by y e name of Chichester ; in 
order to erect a township and make a settlement thereon, upon 
such Conditions and Limitations as are mensioned in ye Char- 
ter of said township ; But your Peticioners meeting with more 
truble 8k Dificulty in Riming y e Bounds and Clearing A Road 
up to the said town than was Expected have Not as yet Been 
able fully to Comply with the Conditions afores' 1 .. Your Pe- 
ticioners therefore Humbly Pray that your Excellency and the 
Honourable Board Would Be pleased to Grant them a further 
term of time in order to their being Enabled fully to Compleat 
y e settlement of said township and your Peticioners shall ever 
pray etc 

May y 
In Coun May 6 th 1731 Read 

Voted that the Petitioners have 
one year more added to the term al- 
lowed for performance of the Con 



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ditions of the Charter 

R. Waldron Secy 
I assent toy e above vote of Coun- 
cil 

J. Belcher 
May 7* 1 73 1 



Nath 1 Weare 
Benj ft Gambling 
John Oilman 

Joshua Winget 
Barth- Thing 
Richard Jenness 
Theodore Atkinson 
John Samburn 
Ebenezer Stevens 
Tho 3 Feirce 
for y' a selves & In behalf of the rest 



Petition of the Town of Chichester, 2S Feb., 1733, for con- 
firmation of charter. 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Escf Governor and Com- 
mander in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire in New England and \ ice-admiral of the same 
And to the Honourable His Majesty's Council of said Prov- 
ince of New Hampshir ■ 
The Petition of the Proprietors of the Township of Chiches- 



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ter in the Province of New Hampshire afores' 1 Most Humbly 
Sheweth 

That in the year of our Lord 1 727 there was granted a Char- 
ter of a Certain Tract of land in New Hampshire afores'd by 
the name of Chichester unto a Number of Persons whose 
Names are in the Schedule unto said Charter annexed and that 
the Proprietors of s' 1 Township not having compiyed with the 
Conditions mentioned in. said Charter sometime since Peti- 
tioned to your Excellency and the Honourable the Council for 
a longer time than mentioned in said Charter, to perform what 
was therein required of them to do, which your Excellency 
and the Honourable Council were pleased to Grant, and that 
by reason of the distance of said Townshi-p. and the Difficul- 
tys that attend Settling and Cultivating Wilderness land your 
Petitioners have not as vet in all thing's compiyed with the 
Conditions of said Charter tho' they have done considerable 
towards it and been at a great Charge for what they have done 
and are daily endeavoring to comply with the whole and that the 
Meeting house in said Town of Chichester together with sun- 
dry dwelling houses were the Summer past accidentally con- 
sumed by fire 

Now your Petitioners most humbly beg that your Excellency 
and the Honourable Plis Majestys Council for the reasons above 
mentioned would in your great Wisdom and Goodness be 
pleased to confirm the afores ' Charter unto your Petitioners and 
also to grant him further time for the fulifillingthe Conditions 
thereof and vour Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray 
&c 

T o V Committee 

Iabez Smith I . -, . rf c 
J T PrF _ v \ m behalf of 
Ih Fierce j the Proprietors 



Y ■ ■■'.-.% 

Petition for liberty to assess taxes. 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 
Commander in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire the Hon ble his Majesty's Counsel & House 
of Representatives in General Assembly Convened the 27 th 
Day of March Anno Dom. 1760 

The Humble Petition of Thomas Westbrook Waldron and 
Francis Jenness as a Committee of the Proprietors of Chiches- 
ter in said Province Shews 

That for want of a Proper General Law for Enabling Pro- 
prietors of unsettled Townships to transact their affairs Relat- 
ing to making said Setdem rs (the said Proprietors not having 
• obtained a Particular Act in their favour) the BusinebS of said 



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Settlement is very backward many of said Proprietors not hav- 
ing Drawn their Lots others in arrears for past Taxes and Some 
Resting on their Oars leave the burthen of settling said Town- 
ship to those who are Voluntary in doing the duty Knowing 
that their Estates there will be Raised in Value by the Settle- 
ment tho' they Contribute nothing towards it. 

That such a Situation of affairs is not only a Prejudice to 
Particular Proprieties & Townships but to the Province in 
General by Retarding many Settlements which long since 
would have been made and much more Land Cultivated than 
there is at Present in this Province had there been a General 
Law by which such backward' Selfish Proprietors who would 
Gladly Raise Estates at other Peoples Expence might have 
been Compelled to have done their duty towards making the 
Settlem ts in a Summary way as the affairs of Towns are Trans- 
acted Especially Respecting the Payment of Taxes 

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly Pray that thev mav have 
Liberty to bring in a Bill Enforcing the Payment of Taxes in 
arrearage duly assessed as also such as shall hereafter be so made 
obliging also such as neglect to Draw their Lots to do it & in 
Default of that or neglecting any other matters which shall be 
Granted & agreed upon at any Legal Meeting of said Propri- 
etors the Lands or part sufficient for this Purpose of such De- 
linquent Proprietors be subjected to sale and also that there be 
a Tax of three — Pounds on Each Right for three years if 
needed to carry on and make the said Settlement without any 
further Delay but what is unavoidable by the War and your 
Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall Ever Pray &c 

Tho- W k Waldrox 
Francis Jennes. 

In Council March 27 — 1760 

read & ordered to be sent down 
to the Hon b!ri Assembly 

Theod. Atkinson Secv 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 

On the last page of MS. Vol. I. "Town Papers" is a Paper, labeled 
"Draught of a charter for Coulerain, Dec. 1726." The bounds given 
by the Charter, are as follows : "Begin — at Rochester northerly Corner 
bounds, at or near Salmon-fall river, running along Rochester head 
line, keeping the course of that line till twelve, miles be accomplished, 
and from each end of the said twelve mile line to run north west half a 
point northerly ten. miles, and then to run a straight line from the end of 
one ten mile line to the end of the other, which will be parallel to Roch- 
ester head line, first mentioned, and that the same be corporate b y v* 
name of Coulerain." 

The editor is not aware that any such town ever existed in New Hamp- 
shire. 



VOLUME II. 

CONCORD TO EXETER. 



Wentworth, 7 June, 1765.' Ed.] 



Ebexezer Eastman. 



CONCORD. 

[This town was first visited by the English in 163S or '39' It was 
granted by Massachusetts, 17 January, 1725-6, and was settled in 1727. 
It was then called Pexy Cook. It was incorporated by the Province of 
Massachusetts in 1733, by the name of Rumford, and remained under 
that government until 1741. It received the name of Concord by the 
Charter which was granted during the administration of Benning 



Pet it ion from FJjcnczcr Eastman for -protection from the 

Indians. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governor and 
Commander in Chief and Captain General in and over his 
Majestys Province of New Hampshire The Honorable his 
Majesty's Council for said Province and the House of Rep- 
resentatives met on the twelfth day of March 1 746 upon a 
special Convention . \ 

The Petition of Ebenezer Eastman of Penny Cook so called 
in s d Province in behalf of himself and the other In habitants 
there Most humbly Shews — 

That they are in great danger of and much exposed unto the 
Indian Enemy and are in daily fear that they shall be attacked j 

by them and such a number as will be too many for them unless 
they have some help — J 

That the Inhabitants there, are about to quit the Place unless 
they can be protected That on Saturday night last being y e 
Eighth day of March Inst, there was a discovery of an Indian 
near Canterbury Fort, which has caused much fear and an ap- 
prehension that there is a Body of the Enemy waiting an op- 
portunity to do mischief 

Wherefore Your Petitioner most humbly Prays your Excel- 
lency and Honours to consider of this Petition and to Grant 
such Relief as in your great wisdom you shall judge meet and 
proper and your Petitioner as in duty bound Shall ever pray 
&c 1 



March 12 th 1746 



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TOWN PAPERS — CONCORD. 120, 

Province N. Hamp. March 12 th 1746. 

In Council at a Special Session o( Gen 1 Assembly 

read Sc ordered to be sent down to the Convened members 

Theodore Atkinson 



Copy of Rumford Petition. June 21, 1744, for defence 

against the Indians, 
To his Ex c ~ B. W. Esqr. Capt. Gen 1 and Gov r in chief, in and 
over His Maj r -~ 3 Province of N. H. in N. Engl. The Hon ; 
the coun and House of Represen ves in Gen 1 Court Convened 
The memorial & Petition of y 9 Inhabitants of the town of 
Rumford in s l Prov. Humbly Sheweth That y" s 1 Town- has 
been settled by His Majesty's Subjects abt. iyyrs. and a Gospel 
Minister ordained there ab r 1 2 — That the Settlers had an eye at 
enlarging his Majestys Dominions by going into the Wilder- 
ness as well as at promoting their own Interest ; That many 
Thous 1 Pounds have been spent in Clearing and Cultivating 
the Lands there, and many more in erecting mansion houses 
out-Houses, Barns and Fences besides a large additional sum 
in Fortifications lately made, by His Ex'-' the Gov ri order ; 
That the Buildings are compact, and properly form'd for De- 
fence, and well situated for a Barrier, being on Merrimack 
River, abt. 15 miles below the Confluence of Winnipishoky 
and Pemissawpset Rivers, both w ch are main Gang Ways of 
the Canadians, to the Frontiers of this Province ; That the 
breaking up of the Settlenv will not only ruin the Memorial- 
ists, but in their humble opinion greatly disserve His Majes- 
tys Interest, by. Encouraging his Enemies to Encroach en his 
derelict Dominion, and be also hurtful to the Prov ; by con- 
tracting its Borders, and drawing the War nearer the Capital ; 
That it was by a long and importunate Intercession of this 
Province and not oi the Memorialists seeking that they are cast 
under the immediate care of this Gove ut w :a y 7 apprehend 
gives them so much the better right to its protection that they 
have hitherto cheerfully paid their proportionate Part of the 
public Taxes, assigned 'em by the General Court even without 
being priviledged with a Representative in the Said Court ; 
That as War is already declared Ag st France and a rup- 
ture with y e Indians hourly expected, your Memorialists unless 
they have Speedy help will be soon obliged to evacuate y e 
Place, how disserviceable soever it may be to the Crown, dis- 
honorable to the Goverm t hurtful to the Province and ruinous to 
themselves. Wherefore they most humbly Supplicate your 
Ex cv the Hon. Coun' 1 and House of represent' 3 to take the 
Premises into your wise and mature Consideration and to grant 
them siich. seasonable relief as may enable 'em to maintain 

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130 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

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His Majestys Dominions in so well situated a Barrier and so 

ancient and well regulated a Settleur as well as to secure 
their own Lives and Fortunes ag st the Ravage and Devastation 
of a blood-thirsty and Merciless Enemy. And y" Memorialists 
as in Duty bound will Ever pray — 



Petition for aid, by Benjamin Rolfe, Esq. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq r Capt. General 

and Governour in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province 

of New Hampshire in New England the Hon' 1 '-' the Council 

and House of Representatives in General Court convened 

The Memorial .and Petition of Benjamin Rolfe in the Name 

and Behalf of the Inhabitants of the Town of Rumford in 

said* Province Humbly Sheweth That the said Town has been 

Settled by His Majesty's Subjects about Eighteen Years and a 

Gospel Minister. ordained there upwards of Fourteen 

That the Settlers had an eve at enlarging His Maiestv's Do- 



Interest That Many Thousand Pounds have been spent 
in clearing and cultivating the Lands there and many more in 
erecting Mansion Houses Fortifications. Out Houses. Barns 
and Fences. That the Buildings are mostly compact and 
properly form'd for Defence and well situated for a Barrier, 
being on Merrimack River about a Days march below the Con- 
fluence of Winipishoky and Pemissawasset Rivers both which 
are main gang Ways of the Canadians to the Frontiers of this 
Province and within a Weeks march at farthest from a very 
strong Fort built within these few years by the French at Crown 
Point which will be a Place of constant Retreat and Resort for 
the French and Indians in all their Expeditions against the 
English Settlements. That the breaking up of the Settlement 
will not only ruin the Memorialists but in their humble Opin- 
ion greatly disserve His Majesty's Interest by encouragin His 
Enemies to encroach on His derelict Dominions and be also 
hurtful to the Province by contracting its Borders and drawing 
the War nearer to the Capital. That it was by a long and im- 
portunate Intercession of the Province (and not of the Memo- 
rialists seeking) that they are cast under the immediate Care of 
[this Government, which they apprehend gives them so much 
the better Right to its Protection That as War has been de- 
clared against France for some Time and a Rupture with the 
Indians has been hourly expected, many of the Inhabitants of 
said Town, by Reason of their being so exposed to imminent 
Danger from their Enemies have already moved from said 
Town and the Season of the Year beingr such as to £ive the 




TOWN PAPERS CONCORD. 131 

Indians an opportunity of disturbing' the Frontiers and the 
Dutch Mohawks having lately given occasion to fear that they 
would . Joyn in. a Warr against His Majestys settlements as 
mentioned in some late News Papers your Memorialists unless 
they have speedy help will be soon oblidged to Evacuate said 
Town how disserviceable soever it may be to the Crown dis- 
honorable to the Government, hurtful to the Province and ruin- 
ous to themselves — Wherefore your memorialists most humbly 
supplicate your Excellency, the Honourable Council and 
House of Representatives to take the Premises into your wise 
• and mature Consideration and to grant them such constant and 
seasonable aids both with Respect to men and Military Stores 
as may enable them to maintain His Majesty's Dominions in 
so well situated a Barrier, and so ancient and well regulated a 
Settlement as well as to secure their own Lives and Fortunes 
against the Ravage and Devastations of a Blood thirsty and 
Merciless Enemy and your Memorialists as in Duty bound 
will ever pray 

Benjamin Rolfe. 
Portsmouth April y e 30"' 1745. 



Petition of Inhabitants of Ru.vford, 1747. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr Capt. General 

& Governour of His Majesties Province of New Hampshire 

in New England To the Honourable the Council & House 

of Representatives of s' Province. 

The Petition of y~ Subscribers Inhabitants of Rumford in 
s d Province Humbly sheweth That we have great Reason to 
fear a Speedy attack from the Enemy with a force too great to 
be match' by us with what Assistance we att present (thro 
your Excellencys & Honours great Goodness) have from y e 
Province— That the plain and Evident tracks of a Considera- 
ble Number was discovered by our Scout y e last week. That 
Guns have been heard both here and att Contoocook upon y e 
Sabbath & other Times & Places where it is certain no English 
were. That y e News of a Formidable Armament sent from 
Canada to Crown Point obtained such credit with the Govern- 
ment of y J Massachusetts Bay as Induced them to provide a 
prodigious Reinforcement to strengthen their Western Bar- 
rier — That such is our Situation that as y e Rivers Hudson & 
Connecticut lie most exposed to Incursions from Crown Point 
so ours is y e next, and the experience of this whole war has 
Taught us that whenever any Smart attack has been made upon 
any .of y e Settlements on Connecticut River the Enemy have 
never failed of sending a considerable Number to visit our 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



River — That while our ordinary business was Hoeing we could 
work in such large companies as not be in Such Imminent 
Danger of being massacred by y e enemy, which now Haying 
and English Harvest comes on will be Impracticable with out 
vast Detriment to y° whole & utter Ruin to some. We there- 
fore beg of your Excellency & Honours to take our deplorable 
case into Consideration & extend your compassion towards & 
grant us such a further Reinforcement as you may think in 
your great wisdom our case requires & your Petitioners shall 
as in Duty Bound Ever pray 8cc 
Rumford July 13, 1747. 



Ebenezer Hall 
Jeremiah Stick nev 
John Chandler 
Abiel Chandler 
♦George Hull 
Edward Abbott 
Benjamin Abbott 
Joseph Ordway 
Samson Colbe* 
Aaron Stevens 
Timothy Bradley 
Joseph Farnum 
Isaac Walker Jun. 
James Abbott 
Amos Abbott 
Ephrnam Faram 
Joseph Pudney 
Ebenezer Eastman 
Henry Lovejoy 
Joseph Eastman 
Jeremiah Eastman 
Nathaniel Eastman 
Amos Eastman 
Ebenezer Eastman 
Samuel Shepherd 
Joseph Simonds 
Ebenezer Virgin 
Philip Eastman 
Ephraim Carter 
Ezra Carter 



Nath a Abbott 
Joseph Easman 
Samwill Easteman 
Abraham Kimball 
Samuel Grey 
■ George Abbott 
John Merrill 
Joseph Hall 
David Foster 
Obediah Foster 
Hanery Pudney 
Patrick Garving 
James Peters ■ 
Zebdiah Farnera 
James Farnum 
James Osgood 
Lot Colbe 
Moses Merrill 
William Pudney 
Isaac Wakler 
Timothy Walker 
David Evens 
Richard Haselton 
Jacob Shut 
Samuel Putney 
Nathaniel West 
Abraham Colby 
Matthew Standly 
John Putney 
Daniel Chase 
Daniel Chase Junr. 



Stephen Farington 
In Council July i5' h 1747. 

read & ordei-ed to be sent Down to The Hon bla House 

Theodore Atkinson Sec. 



Petition of Catt. .Gben r Eastman. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 
Commander in Chief and Captain General in and over the 
Province of New Hamp" The Hon ble his majestys Council 
& House of Representatives in General Assembly conven'd 
The memorial and Petition of Ebenezer- Eastman for him- 



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TOWN PAPERS — CONCORD. 133 

self and in behalf of the Inhabitants of Rumforcl So called 
most humbly Shews — That your Memorialist in a most grate- 
full manner owns and acknowledges the Goodness and Kind- 
ness of your Excellency and Honours in the late allowance of 
thirty men in Guarding and Defending the Inhabitants of s d 
Rumford andother places thereabouts. That the time for which 
s d thirty men were allowed is expired and they have been dis- 
miss'd some days — That your Memorialist humbly conceives 
that the time of Indian Harvest drawing nigh will be a time 
of considerable Danger from the Indian Enemy (if not from 
the French also) wherefore' he prays it it may be tho't neces- 
sary by your Excellency and Honours that there may be a 
further allowance of a number of men for the Safe Guard of 
the s d Inhabitants and such a number and for such time as 
to your Excellency and Honours shall seem meet and your Pe- 
titioner as in duty bound Shall ever pray &c. 

Ebenezer Eastman. 
Sep' 23 d 1747. 



yosefh Pudney^s Petition. 
Prov. of 1 
New Hamp / 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Gov r &c. The 

Hon le His Majestys Council & House of Rep ves in Gen al 

Assembly conven'd at Ports' May 174$. 

The Petition of Joseph Pudney of Rumford most Humbly 
Sheweth That your Petit" the Last Summer at Rumford 
afore sd While in his Majesty's Service was Wounded by the 
Indians, who bv their shot Broak his arm & the bones much 
Shattered. That altho the Wound is healed up yet he is un- 
able to do any Work to Earn his Livelyhood, & his arm so 
weak, that lie's unfit for scouting &c. That he is able to do 
the duty of a Garrison Souldier, and as such are wanted in the 
s d Town of Rumford he humbly Conceives in that way he 
might be so far serviceable as to earn his living. 

Wherefore your Pet 1 * most humbly prays that he may be held 
in his Majesty's service and posted at the s ' town as a Garrison 
Souldier And y r Pet r as in Duty Bound Shall ever pray 

Ebenezer Eastman 
in Behalf of y e Pet r 
In Council May 17, 1748 

read recommended & 

ordered to be sent Down to the Hon 11 * House 

Theo. Atkinson Secv. 



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134 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

New^amfshir} 111 the House of Representatives 28* May 174S. 

Voted That in Answer to y e within Petition mentioned Joseph Pud- 
ney be posted as a Soldier at y" garrison at s' 1 Rumford til y° last of 
September next 

D. Peirce Clk 
In Council Eodem Die | 

read & concurred 

Theo. Atkinson Secy. i 

Eodem die 

Consented to 

B. Wentworth- 



Rev. Tim Walker's letter to Archibald Stark. 

Sr. Yours without Date I received last Night Nine o th clock, In- 
forming me that you had a visit from a committee of y" Honourable 
Assembly of y* Province respecting y e Road thro Mr. McNeals Field 
desiring that our People would sign a Petton for y" s 1 Road to the s' 1 
Assembly as they had already to y* General Sessions and send it to Ports- 
mouth by next Monday Ten of y ■• clock, now altho I am fully of opin- 
ion that y e want of y l Road will in a few years Time be of vastly more 
Damage to y- Publick than the whole of McNeals Field & that every 
Person up this way who is at all acquainted therewith will readily sign 
such a Petition representing y a same in y* strongest light possible yet 
the Notice is so short that no such thing can be prosecuted to any effect 
therefore y only way left you is to pray for Longer Time w ;U is so 
reasonable that f cant think one word can be objected ag il it & if that 
be granted I shall be ready to doe any thing within my power not oniv 
to serve you & y L ' Publick but my self also in y" affair I remain your 
hearty Friend £: Oblidged Serv' L | 

Timothy Walker 

Rumford July 7 th 1753'. 

Mr. Archibald Stark. | 

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Petition of Ezra Carter in hehalf of Rumford, 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Captain Gen- 
eral Governor and Commander in Chief in & over His 
Majesty's Province of New Hampshire, The Hon ble His 
Majesty's Council and House of Representatives in General 
Assembly Convened July 14 th 1756 

The Petition of Ezra Carter on behalf of himself & the In- 
habitants of the Late District of Rumford so called in said 
Province Humbly sheweth, That the said Inhabitants appre- 
hend that since the expiration of said District Act, they have 
not had the Priviledges which other Towns in this Province 
enjoy. That they could not Raise money for the Support of 
their minister, their Poor, the Repairing of High Ways, or 
maintaining a School (which the youth there much need) or 
to act in any Political manner whatsoever for want of which 



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TOWN PAPERS — CONCORD. I35 

Privilcdgcs the said Inhabitants think they have been great 
Suffers. 

Wherefore your Petitioner humbly prays your Excellency & 
Honours would Compassionate our Case and Incorporate said 
Plantation by its Boundaries or grant such other Relief as in 
your wisdom you may see meet & your Petitioner Shall as 
in duty bound ever pray 

Ezra Carter. 

In Council July 15^ 1756 

read »x" ordered to be sent Down to the Hon ble House 

Theod. Atkinson Secy. 



Letter from jferemiah Stickncy, Esq., relating- to difficul- 
ties with 3 oiv. 

Rumford March 19 th 1.761-. 
Sir. 

I have received the Order from his Excellency & General Assembly 
Appointing An Inventory to be taken of the Poles & Rateable Estate 
in the Province endorsed to the Select men of Bow by the hand of M r 
Carr together with a verbal Order to_de"liver it to me in Case he could 
find no Such Select men & have conferred with those of my Neighbors 
that I could handily come at upon the purport & design thereof & I find 
them all concurring with me in a deep ^ense of manifold difficulties we 
labour under for want of Power to regulate Society according to man- 
ner of other Towns & Districts, which if was offered us we should readily 
Embrace as well for our own Sakes as an Inclination to pay all dutifull 
regard to the Orders of the Government — we never understood that we 
had power to Act to Ordinary Purposes of Regulating society under 
the Incorporation of Bow in which if we were mistaken twas our un- 
happiness which admit to be the Case we apprehend ourselves at pres- 
ent utterly destitute of any such Power for want of a Legal Meeting 
which Ave know no possible way of obtaining without an Express Order 
of the Honourable Court which if they should see meet to issue we 
shall pay all ready obedience & proceed to Carry into Execution the 
Design of this Order if time be allowed for it, which if should be the 
Case would humbly suggest a necessity of ascertaining the Limits by 
which we are to be Circumscribed if we might Choose we should much 
incline to be bounded as the district of Rum ford was whilst it subsisted 
— but if that be not Granted & it is the Pleasure of the Court that we 
Should act as the Town of Bow we apprehend that the same necessity 
Occurs not only because Pembrook is Lately taken Partly out of Bow 
but also for that their Line as we have been informed, has been Run 
very differently by their own Committees Sc I believe that no one of us 
Knows either of the Lines in all the parts of it &C however we may dis- 
pute any or ail these Lines whilst we are defending our Properties in 
the Civil Courts of Judicature (which we mean still to reserve to our- 
selves the right of Doing) Yet we never did or shall dispute the Power 
of the Government to make Bow Lie where they please to whose Reso- 
lution we shall pay ready Obedience when we Know it. Without which 
we Know of no way in our Power at present wherein we can contribute 
to carrying into Execution this order Unless the Honourable Court 
^hould'see Cause to appoint some Person or Persons to take the pro- 
posed Inventory amongst lis or the Select men of Canterbury shall ap- 



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doint some Persons to said Business which is in their power as we Con- 
strue the Order in either of which Cases we shall all suitahle Compli- 
ance. £ r plea.-e to Communicate this Letter if you see lit to the Hon- 
ourable Assembly not only as my private sentiments by so far as I know 
the united sense of all our people. 
I am with all due regards 

Yr. Obed 1 Hum. Serv* 

Jeremiah Stickney. 
P. S. if the Hon. Court-should see Cause to put us in a way of Reg- 
ulation, among the Reasons against any of the Lines of Bow being Our 
limits, this is the Principal that etheir of the Said Lines would leave 
some few of our Inhabitants without our Incorporation which -we would 
be glad to have Sc who would Choose to belong to us .Sc which no other 
Society wants, but would take a much larger Number of the Inhabitants 
of New Hopkinton which they Can very ill spare & which we don't 
want & would be against the inclination of the People 
Sr. Yrs. 

JhS. 
Capt. Thomas Parker, Litchfield. 



Timothy Walker s Petition in behalf of Rum ford. 

To his Excellency Benriing Wentworth Esq 7 Capt General 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire. The Hon'ble his Majestys 
Council & house of Representatives in General Assembly 
Convened, April 11 th 1764 

The humble Petition of Timothy Walker on behalf of him- 
self and the Inhabitants of Rumford (so called) in said Prov- 
ince. , 

Sheweth, That the Affairs of the said Inhabitants (so far 
as relates to Town matters have been in great confusion Ever 
since the year 1749 for want of the Power which they had till 
then enjoyed ever since the year 1741 by the District act (so 
called) which this Hon'ble Court say in July 1746 when it was 
reviewed had been found Convenient both for the Government 
of this Province in General and also the Inhabitants incorpo- 
rated thereby in particular. 

That altho' it has been pretended that they might still have 
Enjoyed the same priviledges (as Inhabitants of Bow) yet they 

! never understood matters) in that light. And for this their opin- 

ion -and Practice consequential thereupon they humbly conceive 
they would give reasons which would be satisfactory to this 
Court were they permitted — But to pass over all this — This 
Power or the Exercise of it has been lost to them (if ever they 
had it) ever since March 1756 for want of a first meeting. 

That by the year 1760 they were so heartily tired of such an 
unsettled state that they would have been glad to have acted 
Even under the Incorporation of Bow, if they could altho 



TOWN PAPERS CONCORD. 137 

highly inconvenient for them as it blended part of three towns 
togetner whose interests had always been separate & would 
Consequently be apt to create strife and contention That this 
Court was apprized of their utter Incapacity of doing Corpo- 
rate act (even as Bow) by a Letter signed Jeremiah Stickney 
in behalf of himself and others now on file togeather with 
their dutiful & ready disposition to Comply with every motion 
of this Court to the utmost of their Power. 

That the said Inhabitants conceive themselves greatly ag- 
grieved by a late act of this Government imposing a heavy 
Tax on the Inhabitants of' Bow as arrears &c a Tax which No- 
body had Power to assess and collect at y ? time when y e s'd 
arrearages became due and which if now done must be laid in 
many Instances on wrong Persons ; That what the}' suffered 
for want of the Powers [they] had enjoyed by the first men- 
tioned District act was unspeakably more to their Damage than 
to have paid their Proportion of the Province Expence. 

That the incapacity complained of all along still continues 
and yet the People are subjected to pay their part of the Cur- 
rent Charge but no body has power to assess or Collect it. 
They therefore most humbly Pray that your Excellency and 
Honors will take the matters complained of under Considera- 
tion and cither revive the said District Act so far as relates to 
Rumford or (which wo"d be much more satisfactory to the said 
Inhabitants) Incorporate them by a standing act and by their 
former Known Boundaries that the said Inhabitants may be 
abated at least one half part of said arrearages. And that with 
respect to their part ■ of the Current Charge of the Province 
they may be subjected to pay no more than their just propor- 
tion with the other Towns in this Province & Grant them such 
other Relief as in your great wisdom and goodness you shall 
see meet. And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever 
pray &c. 

Timothy Walker. 

In Council April 13 th 1764 
Read Sc ordered to be sent down to the Hon'ble Assembly 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. 

Province of ) In the house of Representatives May 3*, 1764. 
New Hampshire ) This Petition being read, 

Voted That what the said town of Bow is now in arrears for the 
Province tax be collected agreeable to an act passed the second of June 
1763 that the Inhabitants settled on the lands between said Bow, Can- 
terbury & New Hopkinton (except such as are already polled otf to Pem- 
broke & New Hopkinton) be taxed & pay their proportion thereof & 
that the inhabitants of Bow with the inhabitants on all the lands be- 
tween said Bow, Canterbury Boscawen & New Hopkinton except such 
as are already- Polled off toPembroke & -New Hopkinton meet together 
some time In the month of June next at Bow & (choose all necessary offi- 
cers for assessing i: Collecting the annual province Tax & for trans- 



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acting all other town affairs & afterwards some time in the Month of 
March annually untill further orders of the Gen 1 Assembly & that he 
have liberty to bring in a bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk. 



Petition relating to taxation, {£c, 1764. 
To His Excellency Berming Wentworth Esqr. Governor & 

Commander in Chief of His Majesties Province of New 

Hampshire, -To the- Hon. His Majesties Council of said 

Province, ec General Court Convened October the second 

clay Anno Pom. 1764 

Whereas Edward Russel & others have petitioned your Ex- 
cellency & Honours to be freed from paying any part of those 
arrearages of Taxes ordered to be assessed upon Bow & 
whereas so much Notice was taken of said Petition as that the 
Petitioners were ordered to serve us the Subscribers with a 
Copy thereof, in order that we may shew Cause, if any we 
have 'why the prayer thereof should not be granted 

These are therefore to inform your Excellency & Honours 
that there are Forty one Poles with the Estates which they pos- 
sess within the Limits of Bow as described in the Act of Tax- 
ation referred to in the said Petition which are exactly similar 
to these Petitioners, and also Sixty or more Poles with the 
Estate which they now possess which were Minors & so not 
liable to be Taxed when the Rates were supposed to be due 
for which this Tax is Ordered, but have since come of age & 
so Rated as fr" the List appears. 

To Ballance which increase there has been a yearly drain of 
Inhabitants from- us it is out of our Power to ascertain the 
Number but we are well persuaded from what we Know of 
the affair that if it could be done it would bear some near 
proportion to the advance — These have all left the Town, & 
many of them the Province in each of which Cases they are 
equally exempt from our power of Taxing them. And we 
humbly submit it to your wise determination whether there is | 

not the same reason that these other persons should be freed 
as that the petitioners should Which if the Case, we are well 
assured that it will be absolutelv impossible for the small re- 
mainder to pay the whole of said Tax. 

We are Your Exceilencys Sc Plonours most Humble Ser- 
vants. 

Ezra Carter ) Assessors 
John Chandler )' of Bow 
Ephraoi Blunt ~) Selectmen 
William Moor >■ of 
Isaac White J Pembroke 



TOWN PAPERS CONCORD. I39 

Petition of Concord to be annexed to Hillsborough County. 
To His Excellency John YVentworth Esq 1 ' Cap r General Gov- 
ernor and Commander in chief in and over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire the Hon ble his Majesty's Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives in General Assembly con- 
vened the iS ril day of Jan y Anno Domini 1774 
The Petition of Andrew McMillan Esqr. Agent For the In- 
habitants of the Town of Concord in the County of Rocking- 
ham and Province aforesaid, Humbly sheweth 

That said Town of Concord is Forty miles from Exeter and 
Fifty five 'miles from Portsmouth where the Courts of Justice 
are held for said County of Rockingham, and the Inhabitants 
of said Concord very little if any thing benefited by the late 
Division of this Province into Five Counties. 

Secondly that many of the Inhabitants of the Towns in the 
north part of the County of Hillsborough have applied to your 
Petitioner's Constituents and earnestly desired that the incon- 
veniences they labour under may be represented to your Ex- 
cellency and "Honours by a Petition which they say are 

First as there is but one Superior Court of Judicature in a 
year held in said County of Hillsborough and Prisoners com- 
mitted for capital Crimes must lay in Goal sometimes Eleven 
nine or six months according to the time they are committed 
before it can be known whether they are or are not guilty ; and 
in case they should be acquitted your Petitioners constituents, 
humbly apprehend it a great Pity that they have suffered so 
long and if found guilty they thing it a grievous burthen to 
maintain such bad Subjects so long at the expense of poor, 
honest industrious beginners in the Wilderness. 

Secondly Creditors in General in said County of Hillsbor- 
ough who incline to sue at any time except July term in said 
County are obliged to indorse their notes &c over to Persons 
who live in the County of Rockingham or other Counties & 
some to the Massachusetts and the expense is as great as be- 
fore they were a County. Thirdly the place where the Courts 
are held in said County of Hillsborough is at such a Distance 
from them that they are of opinion that the Inhabitants of the 
south part of said County will not oppose their having Justice 
done in that respect. 

Fourthly that the situation of the Town of Concord is such 
that it will accommodate all the Inhabitants of the upper or 
Northerly part of the said County of Flillsborough and give 
them general satisfaction 

• Therefore the said Inhabitants of the Town of Concord by 
their said Agents humbly pray your Excellency & Honours 
that said Town- of Concord may be annexed to-the. County of 
Hillsborough and that there may be annually held there one 






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I4O NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Superior Court of Judicature one Inferior Court of common 



pleas one Court of general Sessions of the peace for said 
County or otherwise act in the premises as your Excellency & 
Honours Wisdom for the benefit of his Majesty's Subjects 
shall direct and your Petitioners by their said Agents as in Duty 
bound will ever pray &c | 

And w McMillan 
Portsm- Jan*"-' iS rb 1774. 

In Council Jany. 19, 1774. 

Read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon ble Assembly 

Geo King D. Sec>' 

In the House of Representatives Jan>* 19 th 1774 

Upon reading the foregoing Petition I 

Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon on the third day of the Sit- 
ting of the General Assembly after the first day of March next and that 
in the meantime the Petitioner cause the Substance of this Petition and 
order of Court thereon to be printed three weeks successively in the 
New Hampshire Gazette that any person may have opportunity to ap- 
pear & Shew cause why the prayer of said Petition Shou'd not be 
Granted 



In Council Jan v 20. 1774. 

The within vote was read Sc concurrd 



J. Wentworth Speaker 
Geo Kin<r. D. Sec. 



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-4 List of the Settlers that have F.amUys in Conway, and 
by wkome Introduced. 

3 Seitlersby Co'i. Frye, John Webster, David Page, Samuel Smith 

2 at the mills, Timothy Walker, Ezekiel Walker 

9 Settlers by Conway 'Proprietors, Joshua Kellev Ebenezer Burbank, 
Tho' Russell, ThV Merrill Esqr. Richard Eastman, Enoch Web- 
ster, John Willson, all own rights, Joseph Kilgore, Tennent to Cap' 1 
Walker, Anthony Emery, Tennent to Andrew McMillin Esq r 

7 Familvs by Brown, John Osgood. Leonard Harveman, Joshua Heath, 
John Dofloff Jun. John Dolloff, James Osgood, Benj ;l Osgood. 

i Family Nath 1 Harriman, settled on a lot with his Father not agreed | 

with Brown or Conway 



22 Total I 

S Improvements rnark'd with the letter A worked on their land last i 

year went away in the Fall to Return in the Spring. 

March 21 1771 A True State of Conway according to my best 

Knowledge 

Pr. Henry Young Brown. 

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(Memorial front Frycburg, Brozvnfeld and Convjay, 1776. 
To the IIon' !e General Court of the Colony of New Hamp- 
shire. 

The memorial of the Committees of Conway in the County 
of Grafton. Fryeburg and Brownheid in the County of York, 
and Colony of Massachusetts Bay united humbly Sheweth that 
the above said New Plantations Consist of about one Hundred 
and Thirty Families are Situated at a Place called Pigwacket 
Upon Saco River which nearly Unites with a Branch of An- 
droscoggin River, about thirty miles northerly from other Set- 
tlements, and lay Greatly Exposed to Excurtions of the Sav- 
ages ; by the following natural Communications as frequented 
by the Indians that come to these Places: one from Chaudire 
River into Umbagog lake, which Empties itself into Andros- 
coggin river ; another from St. Francois River into a branch of 
Connecticut River; and by that into Androscoggin River; 
another from Kennebunk River by the way of Muselahme- 
contucook into Androscoggin River that these Several ways 
are by water, except a few short Carrying Places, which bring 
them within twenty miles of these Settlements, that the Great- 
est part of this twenty miles is water Carriage, that Andros- 
coggin River runs Further to the Northward than the head of 
Connecticut River. That a party the Last year were sent out 
from Coos to Re connoiture the woods over to Umbagog Lake, 
which Empties into St. Francois River; from thence, they set 
out Eastwardly in Order to Strike Connecticut River but headed 
it, and struck Androscoggin River: Come down that River and 






TOWN PAPERS CORNISH. 1 45 

come into these Settlements, that Last fall Three men from 
Col Arnolds Party come into these Settlements by the way of 
Androscoggin River, four or five Persons from Quebec Last 
May Come in here by the way of Androscoggin River, from 
the Above, it appears that when Ever the frontiers are exposed ; 
these Settlements are in danger, that from the Alarming ac- 
counts we have lately Received from Canada we think it Nec- 
essary to make Preparation for Defence and as it is not likely 
we can provide ourselves with arms and ammunition without 
the aid of the Hon ble Court, therefore the memorialists intreat 
the favour of the Hon r,la Court to the applications that may be 
made for the above purpose and for Protection if the Time 
should come that the frontiers are m Danger, and we as in Duty 
bound Shall Ever pray &c 

Dated at Fryeburg this y tL Day of July 1776 
* Richard Kimball, Chairman of s : Com tee 

N. B. Last Night came in here one family from the upper 
Coos and all the .Rest of the Inhabitants are Removing as fast 
as possable. 



CORNISH. 



[Cornish was granted June 21, 1763, to Rev. Samuel McClintock of 
Greenland, N. H., and 69 others. Ed.] 

Petition of Jon % Chase of .Cornish for a grant of Hart 
Island, Jan. 15, 1772. 

Province of ) 
New Haraps / 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esquire Governor & 
Commander in chief of said Province & to His Majesty's 
Council for the Same 

The petition of Jonathan Chase of Cornish humbly sheweth — 
That your petitioner having purchased of Col ' Nathan Stone 
of Windsor an Island known by the Name of Hart Island con- 
tain'g about twenty two Acres lying in Connecticut River be- 
tween the Lower Corners of Hartford cS: Plainfield & the upper 
Corners of Cornish & Windsor which was first laid out to the 
proprietors of Hartford in Several Divisions as interval and as 
such purchased by Major Oliver Willard of said Hartford who 
afterwards dispos'd of y- whole to Col Stone from whom it 
has come into said Chase's hands having all along been in- 
formed that they the said Willard & Stone had a proper right 

. to hold or dispose of the Same which lying so contiguous To 

the West Bank of" the River was supposed to be part of the 
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I46 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

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Town of Hartford aforesaid — But^sinee finding it otherw 8 de- 
termined — ■ 

Your Petitioner humbly prays your Excellency & Honours, 
in Consideration of the Improvements made by the former 
Claimers and the valuable purchase he has been innocently led 
into, the said Island may be conrlrmd to him by a Grant upon 
the usual Conditions & reservations — And your Petitioner as 
in duty bound will ever pray &c 

Jonathan Chase. 

Portsmouth 15, Jan 7 1 771. j 

Province ot 1 
New Hampshire J 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esquire Governor & 

Commander in. Chief of said Province and to His Majesty's 

Council for the Same — 

I 

The Petition of Jonath" Chase of Cornish humbly sheweth — 
That your petitioner has made Improvements on a small Island 
lyin s in Connecticut River between Cornish & Windsor con- 
taing about seven acres which was at first laid out as part of 
the Interval appertaining to the said Town of Cornish, as such 
assigned to him by the proprietors, and so improv'd for several 
years past but since understanding, that being an island tis 
necessary to obtain a distinct Grant of the same He humbly 
prays Your Excellency & Honors that he may be considered 
for the Improvements made there and favor'd with a Grant of 
the Same upon the usual Conditions & reservations & your pe- 
titioner as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 

Jonathan Chase. 

Portsmouth 15 January 1771 



DEERFIELD. 

[This town was incorporated S January, 1766. Ed.] 

Petition of Sundry inhabitants of Dec?feld in relation to 

a tax, dec. 
Province of \ 

New Hampshire j 

To the Honorable house of Representatives, the Subscribers 

being owners of land in Deeriield And understanding that the 

Inhabitants of s (i Deerfield By their Committee have'Petitioned 

. . the General Court for a Tax To be laid on all the land in s d 

Parish of two pence pr. Acre for the Term of three years, the 



TOWN PAPERS — DEERFIELD. 



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one half for the Parsonage y c other half to be laid out on the 
Roads, we beg leave to offer a few Reasons why their petition 
or prayer Should not be Granted 

i' [y We think it would be grievous to compel any whether 
they live in or out of the Parish to pay any thing towards the 
support of a Minister of a Different persuasion from themselves 
& we think any other Sosiety for publick worship of A differ- 
ent persuasion, have as good right to assistance in this way as 
they — 2' Uy to subject the uncultivated lands in that parish to pay 
any part of public charges, we think would be grievous, as 
they yield no profit to the owner & it would be repugnant to 
the late valuation Act where woodland was exempted although 
in many Towns wood is of great value. 

3' y if a tax was to be laid on the uncultivated lands. for any 
part of publick Charges it would not be Just to lay it equally 
on all, as many lots now they Are robbed by the Inhabitants (or 
others) of the valuable timber that grew on them are of little 
value 

4 !y the parish is Considerably well Settled & with People of 
Substance — As it is unlikely s" Petition will be Granted it may 
be needless to mention the greatness of the sum Pray' d for but 
we beg leave to mention that although s d parish is Called six 
miles square it contains about Twenty Seven Thousand acre 
according to Nottingham plan as the lots are marked (if we are 
not mistaken as to how the lines of Deerrield rim) we doubt 
not But your Honours will duly consider & way the matter & do 
what seemeth to you right. In the mean time we are your 
Honours Humble Servants 



Josiah Sawyer 
Samuel Barnard 
Nathaniel Currier 
Miriom French 
James French 
Phillips White 
Benjamin Brown 
Ebenezer Brown 



Ebenezer Brown Jun. 
Jonathan Ward 
Henry Lampre 
Nehemiah Ordway 
Ephraim Wadleigh 
Benjamin Wadleigh 
John Woodman 
Onesiphorous Page 






Deerfield Petition for a Tax. 

To His Excellency John Wencworth Esq 1 * Captain General 
Governor Commander and chief in and over His Majesty's 
province of New Hampshire and Vice Admiral of the same. 
The Honorable Eds Majestvs Council and House of Repre- 
sentatives for s' 1 Province Convened 

The Humble Petetion of us the Subscribers (being A Com- 
mittee Chosen "by the Inhabitants of D'eartield to Petetion this 



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I4S NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Court for A Tax to be laid on all the Lands in Dearfield for 
the following Reasons) Humbly shews 

l*tiy Whereas the s L Inhabitants have Lately Settled a Min- 
ister in s' ; Dearfield very much to the acceptance of the Inhab- 
itants and have Engaged to build him A Parsonage house & 1 
barn & clear a quantity of land on b d parsonage Lott and Sett 
out an orchard for him and Pay A yearly Salary &c. 

2' !}r Wee have. three Main Country Roads laid out through 
s' 1 Parrish which are Greatly used by His Majestys Subjects to 
Pass and Repass in, to A Great number of towns Settled above 
us and frequent Complaints are made that they are not in So 
Good Repair as they ought.to be & wee have Likewise many 
other highways Laid out for the accommodations of the Set- 
tlers of the Parrish in Length of the whole of s d ways Do 
amount to upwards of forty miles And as the Settlement of A 
Minister and haveiug Good Highways in A New town or Par- 
rish is verry much to the Proffut of the Xon resident Proprie- 
tors as well as the resident and as the" Present Inhabitants are 
Mostly new Settlers which will make it Exceeding Dirficultfor 
them to Perform their Engagements 

Therefore Your Petitioners Humbly Prays that in Your 
Great Wisdom and Goodness You would take this our prayer 
under your wise Consideration and order a Tax to be Laid on 
ail the Lands in s' 1 Dearfield for three years Xext ensuing of two 
pence uppon the acre the one Hah' to be Laid out uppon the 
Parsonage house and Land the other Half on the Highways 
and that prudent Persons be appointed to manage s' 1 business 



or other ways order with Regard to the Tax as you in your 
Great Wisdom and Goodness may think proper and your Peti- 
tioners as in Duty bound shall Ever Pray &c. 

RlCH d Jexxess 
Tito" Simpson. 

Province of 1 In Council Feby 2 1773. 

New Hampr. J The within Petition was read ,X ordered to be sent down 
to the Hon ble Assembly 

Geo King D. Sec. 

Province of 1 T ,, TT r „ ... ^ , , 

New Hampshire/ 111 the Hous€ of Representatives Feb. 2<* 1773. 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on the third day 
of the Sitting of the Gen' 1 Assembly After the first day of May next, & 
that the Petitioners at their own cost, cause the Substance thereof to be 
published in the New IIamp r Gazette, three weeks successively and also 
to put up notifications in said Dearfield thatanyperson may show cause 
why the Prayer thereof should not be Granted. | 

William Parker Cler Assembly 1 

In Council Feb, 3 d 1773. 

Read & Concurred 

Geo King-D. Secy. 



TOWN PAPERS — DEERFIELD. 1 49 

In the House of Representatives May 13, 1773. 

Voted that the Petition' 5 be heard on this Petition on the third day of 

the Sitting - after the 15 day of June next and that the Petitioners Cause 

the Petition to be printed as above directed 

William Parker Cler. 

In Council eodem Die 

Read & concurred, 

Geo King D Secy. 

Province of) T ., T t c t> ^ t n, 

•x- TT r V In the House of Represent* January 2o lh 1774 

•Sew Hamp r j r J - "^ 

Voted That the Petitioners may lay a Tax on all the lands in Deer- 
field of one penny per acre for the Term of three years for the use of 
the Repair & making highways only Sc that the Petitioners have leave 
to bring a bill accordingly 

W G1 Parker Cler Assembly 
In Council Jany 26, 1774 
Read & non Concur'd 

Geo. Kin^ D. Sec 



Petition for a Justice of the Peace. 
Province of 1 
New Hampshire - 
Rock'" J 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Capt. General Gov- 
enor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire in New England ; and to y e 
Hon' 2 his Majestys Council of y° Province afore 5 * 1 
The Petition of a Number of v e freeholders and Inhabitants 
of y- Paresh of Deerfield in sd. Province and County humbly 
sheweth that whereas there is a Large number of People in y e 
South part of Deerfield and much Business to be done and no 
Justice near so we think that such an office would be very ad- 
vantageous to y ; ' Place not only for y- Preservation of y e Peace 
but for y e transacting of other business which otherwise would 
be expensive to your Petitionars and others The Parson our 
Eyes are upon is Mr. Daniel Ladd of this Parish who appears 
to us a Very honest man and one Qualified and Disposed to 
do Justice — Thus hoping y* your Excellency and. y' Hon lle 
Council will take this our petition under your wise Considera- 
tion and grant us our Request and as in Duty bound your Pe- 
titioners shall ever Pray 

Deerfield Jany. y- 29 th 1774 

Josiah Prescott Junr. Nemiah Cram 

Joshua Leavitt ~ Thomas Berley 

Jonathan Philbrick . .. Levi Harvey 
Enos Sanborn Ithiel Smith 

Nathaniel Philbrick Peter Sanborn 

Benjamin Foisom Wadleigh Cram 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Henry Tucker 
Josiah Smith 
Tristram Sanborn 
William Graves 
Joseph Graves 
Ephraim Brown 
Josiah Sanborn 
James Philbrick 
Nathan Phiibrick 



John Eastman 
Joseph Merrill 
John Merrii 
Nathan Sanborn 
David Haines 
Samuel Hoit 
John Philbrick 
Joel Cram 
Joseph Hoit 



Petitlo7i of Inhabitants of r° Soictherly -part of Deerfela 

to be made a Parish. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain Generall 
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majes- 
ty's Province of New Hampshire in New England. To the 
Hon b!e His Majestys Councill and House of Representatives 
for said Province Convened in General Assembly. Most 
Humbly Sheweth 

The Subscribers Freeholders and Inhabitants of the South- 
erly Part of. the Parish of Deerfield in the Township of" Not- 
tingham in the County of Rockingham in said Province That 
the said Parish of Deerfield is Principally Settled at & near 
the Two Extreme parts of it viz : the Northerly End and the 
Southerly End which makes it very Difficult to meet All to- 
gether for Publick Worship or for Transacting the Pub- 
lick business of the Parish 

That there are Two Meeting houses in said Parish for the 
Publick Worship and Two Ministers Regularly Called & Set- 
tled there and Also Two Military Companies in said Parish 
viz one at each end also Two Constables and but one sett of 
Selectmen which are Annually Chosen in the North Part of 
said Parish 

That your Petitioners have for some years Past been at the 
Charge of Building a Meeting house Settling & Supporting a 
Minister in the said South part of said Parish and have had no 
Benefits by the North Part of said Parish. Wherefore and for 
many other reasons which on a hearing shall be given to your 
Excellency and your Hon 1 " 3 Your Petitioners Humbly Pray 
your Excellency & hon ri To Incorporate the said South Part of 
Deerfield into a Distinct Parish so as to take in the First three 
Ranges and one half of the Ransre highway between the Third 
and the fourth Ranges cf Lotts, with such Priviledges Sc Im- 
munities as other Parishes in said Province Have and Do En- 
joy and under Such Restrictions and Limitations as to Your 
Excellency and hon rs Shall Seem Most Mete— And your Peti- 
tioners as in Duty bound Shall Ever Pray &c 
Deerfield April 7 th 1774 



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TOWN PAPERS— -DERRYFIELD. 



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John Robinson 
James Young 
Jonathan Robinson 
David Robinson 
Jedediah Prescott 
Israel Clifford 
William Mooers 
Jedidiah Prescott Junr. 
Josiah Prescott Jun. 
Sanborn Cram 
Samuel Pulsfer 
Josiah Sanborn 
Jonathan Judkins 
John Lauranc 
Tristram Sanborn 
Samuel Winslow ■ 
Thomas Beriey 
Daniel Lad 
Moses Marshall 
Joseph Judkins 
David Haines 
Benjamin Judkins 
John Morgain ' 
Jonathan Philbrick 
Wadleigh Cram 
Tames Philbrick 



Benjamin Folsom 
Henry Tucker 
Ithiel Smith 
Ezekiel Oilman 
Joseph Graves 
Nemiah Cram 
John Gidden 
Nathan Sanborn 
Samuel Hoit 
William Haines 
John Thursten 
John Jones 
John Philbrick 
William Mudget 
Caleb Morss 
Levi Harvey 
Nathan Philbrick 
Ephraim Brown 
Josiah Smith 
John Merril 
Joseph Merrill 
Asaph Merrill 
Nathaniel Lad 
John Prescott 
John Robinson Jun. 



Province of ) In the House of Representatives May II th 1774 
NewHamps. j' The within Petition being Read and Consider'd 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition en the third Dav 
of the Siting of the General Assembly next after the twentieth Day of 
June next and that the Petitioners at their Own Cost Serve the Select- 
men of Deerf.eld with a Copy of this Petition and Order thereon and 
also that the Petitioners Cause the Substance of this Petition and Order 
to be Published in the New Hampshire Gazett three weeks Successively 
that any Person May Shew Cause why the Prayer of the Petition 
should not be Granted 

M. Weare, Cl r 
In Council eoden Die 

Read and concurd 

Geo Kinsr D. Secv. 



DERRYFIELD. 



[Note. The following Papers relating to Derryfield are found in 
MS. Vol. IV, ' ; Towns," — pp. 307-309. being there misplaced. They 
should be examined in connection with Papers relating to Bedford and 
Londonderry. Ed.] 

To his excelency Benning Wintworth Esq Governor 8z 
Commander In Chief of His Majestyes Provence of New 



■' ■ I 

IK2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Harnpshir the honnorable -his Majestys Councell and House of 
Representatives In General Assembly Convene! — 

The pcttetion of a number of the freeholders 8c Inhabitants 
of the Town of Derrv field Humbly Sheweth that the first 
Monday of March annually is appointed by Charter to be the 
day for chusing of Town officers for the currant year and the 
usual costom of s' 1 town lies ben to warn the Town of time 
and place and design of holding said Meeting with the several 
articles to be acted upon on s' ! - day of posting up a coppy of 
Warrant at three several places in said town viz. one at John 
Goffe Esq one at John Hall & one at Mr Russes at Nameskeeg 
which was a vote of said Town for warning Town meetings 
| in said Town but so it was that neither of the places had any 

notification set up and one of them particularly Nameskeeg 
had no coppy set up in that part of the town so that they knew 
not the time of Day the meeting was to be held yet notwith- 
standing two of the select men and town ciarke did contrary to 
former custom with about ten or a dozen of the Inhabitants and 
boys & unqualyfied persons did enter and in about five minutes 
time chouse all the principal off! cer^rj for the town Notwith- 
standing one of the select men 8c the constable & several of the 
Inhabitants opposed them and told them it was not fair to hold 
the meet';:: before the Inhabitants came and that it was not the 
usual time of day that the meeting use to begin 8c that the In- 
habitants that must pay the greatest part of the Taxes that shall 
come upon the town were not. present — that they would be 

(here presently yet they proceeded as aforesaid and at five min- 
ute's after eleven of the clock a considerable number came 8c in 
halfe an hour the Inhabitants chiefly came cY, upon hearing that 
the principal officers were chosen by a small number of Voters 
and many of them notquallified they con.' hided as that was the 
day by charter to chuse town officers, they being the largest 
part of the Quallified Voters belonging to said town maid proc- 
lamation that they were going to hold the town meeting & all 
were desired to attend and they went to the Meeting house and 
maid choice of a Moderator 8c Town dark 8c select men 8c all 
town officers 8c they were sworn to the faithful discharge of 
their duty as the Law directs so that their is two set of officers 
in said town which makes confusition we most Humbly there- 
fore pray your Excellency 8c Hon" To Take our case under 
your wise consideration and grant that there may be a Regular 
town meeting in said town 8c that we may have town Officers 
chosen as the law directs and that our confusion may be 
brought into order and might be enabled to Raise the province 
taxes 8c mend high ways & do the necessary business of the 
town and that your Petitioners may bring in a bill for that end 
— 8c your petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray — 
Dated at Derryrield first of May 1766. 






TOWN PAPERS DOVER- 1 53 

John Gaffe James MeCalley 

William McCIintock Samuel Stark 

David Starretfc Daniel McNeall 

Samuel Boyd Tho s Russ 

Nathaniel Boyd John Rand 

Charles Enierson . John Hervy 

William Nutt Samuel Moor 

John GriiTen John Moor. 
John Stark 

Province ofVj the h of Representatives June 26 th 1766. 

New Hamp j J ' 

The foregoing Petition being Read and Considered — 
Voted — That the Petitioners be heard thereon on fryday the fourth 
day of July next if the General Assembly be then siting And if not then 
siting thereon the second day of their sitingnext after And that the pe- 
titioners at their own cost cause the selectmen and Town Clerk who 
served :b*- Derry held for the year 1765, to be served with-a Copy of this 
petition and Order of Court that they may appear and shew Cause if 
anv they have whv the praver thereof should not be granted 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Eod" die 
Read & Concurrd— 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secy. 

Province or \ h House of Representatives July a th 1766— 
NewHamp. ) * J - ■ ' 

The foregoing Petiiion being Consider'd And the Parties heard 
thereon — 

Voted — That the prayer of the Petition be granted And that the pe- 
titioners have libertv to bring in a Bill accordinglv — 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Eod 2 Die 
Read «$: Ccncurr'd 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secy. 



DOVER. 

[This was one of the first settled towns in New Hampshire, Ports- 
mouth being the other. It was settled in the Spring of 1623, by Ed- 
ward and William Hilton, brothers, from London. It was first called 
Pascataquack, as was also Portsmouth; afterwards Cocheco and 
Northam. Ithas borne the name of Dover for more than 200 years. Ed.] 



.Extracts from the, Records of Dover. 

Att a Town meeting 30 th of the 6 m° '43. 
30* 6 m> '43 

It is this dav ordered that William Fomfrett Shall have the Neck of 



s 

1 

I 

154 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Land between the] Mouth of Cochecha River and Nechewanick River 
with the Marsh thereupon to the first Narrow 

March j* 19 th 1693-4 

By the Comitte Chosen by the freeholders of the Town of dover for 
granting Land given arid granted unto Ephraim Tebbetts hisheirrsand 
assigns for Ever Twenty Acres of Land on fresh Creek Neck to butt on 
Nechewanick River next to Saint Albonds cove. Test william Ferber 
Clark of s l Comittee 1 

This Above grant voated and Confearmed in generall Town Meeting 
the Second day of Aprill 1694. 
Vera Copia. ' Test John Tuttle Towne Clerk 

Laid out to Ephraim T-ebbets according to grant Twenty acres of 
Land on Fresh Creek neck and bounded it as followeth viz at a white 
oak Tree niarkt E T from thence South an be west 40 Rods to a white 
oak markt E T Then west an be north 4 score Rods to A Pick Pine 
markt E T then north and be East 40 Rods to a Pich Pine markt 
E T then or: a straight Line to the first markt Tree the River is the 
bounds at the East End Laid out and bounded by us this tenth dav of 



July 1694 



Sam 1 Heard 
Ezekiel. Went worth 
Thomas Downs 



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Petition for bridging Cochecho and Lamprey River. 

To His Excellency Samuel Shute Esq. Capt. General and 
Gov " in Chief of His Majestys province of New Hamp- 
shire, and to the Honourable the Council and house of rep- 
resentatives now Sitting in General Assembly 
[The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dover Most 
humbly Sheweth 

The heavy burthen lying upon your petitioners, in building 
and renewing the many bridges in The said town, over and 
above the ordinary annual repairs of High ways through the 
same whereby your petitioners have stood charged w th a much | 

greater and more grievous tax than any other Town in the 
province more especially for the Erecting and maintaining 
Two very large Bridges over the river of Cochecho and Lamprey 
river; exclusive of which two rivers, your petitioners are more 
than even w '- the Inhabitants of any Neighboring town in y e 
Costs of bridging and whereas the last years floods floated away 
the boom at Cochecho with 3 piers and the Standing bridge at 
Lamprel river which are now to be rebuilt your petitioners Do 
therefore humbly pray that the bridging of The Said Two 
rivers may be made a province Charge to be defrayed out of the 
publick Treasury As is usual in other Goverm t3 & y r petition" 
shall Ever pray &c 

R. Waldron ^ 
f ■- - Step. Jones > Committee 

Paul Gerrish J 



TOWN PAPERS — DOVER. 



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DJ> 



Copy of letter to the Selectmen of Dover and Exeter 
ab l bridge. 
Gentlemen 

I am commanded by the Hon b!e y e L 1 Gov r & Council to let you know 
that it is their direction to you that you have a suitable bridge built 
Pursuant to y* foregoing reports (which y° Gen' Assm have accepted) 
with all possible dispatch and that it is their Expectation that you will 
improve every opportunity in forwarding so necessary a work and that 
there be no failure on any part (or by any means) in Complying with 
this order I am Gent a 

Y r Most humble Serv* 

R. Waldron Cler Con 

Jany 20 th 1723-4 
To the Selectmen of 
Dover & Exeter 



A.ccU of pretenders to Land at Cochecho Point. 



W 3 * Stiies bought of Ephraim Libbey 

Jones 
Dam Gordon 
Nath Tarbox 
Tho. Cole. Shackfords by execution grant to Watson & 

sold to Nat Young 
L* Hatevil Roby not 

Tho cV Nat Roberts 30 acres ap's 
Daniel Jacobs 
Capt. Tuttle 2 g : 31 

Tho Rob r > w h had for wives portion 

Capt. Libbey Thorn Ben Marsh? 

Sam- Cosen from his Father 

Howard Henderson w"" u Cook had 

Old Mr. Henderson ' N 

Blackstone 

Jos Canney of which Clark 4 acres gran. 





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"grant 


20 


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20 


Do 


20 


Do 


20 


Do 


20 


Laid ou 4 


$o 


grant 


60 


Do 


20 


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60 


Do 


20 


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Petition ab l Grammar School at Dover. 

Province of ) 
New Hamps / 

To the hon Me John Wentworth Esq'" Lieu' Govo r & Com- 
mander in chief for the Time being of s' 1 Province Ik to the 
hon bi - the Councill and house of Representatives Conven'd in 
Gen 1 Assenr' iy 

The humble Petition of the Representatives for the Town- 
ship of Dover in Behalf of s' 1 Town humbly sheweth 

That whereas the said Town is one of the most exposed 
Towns in this Province to the Insults of the Indian Enemy 
And also whereas by an Act of the General Assembly of this 



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156 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

I 4 

Province Entitled An act for y e Settlem 1 & Support of Gram- 
mar Schools, the said Town of Dover (amongst others) is 
obleidged by s' 1 act to keep and maintain a Gramere School. 

And whereas the Circumstances & Situation or Settlements 
of the Inhabitants of s ,L Town lying and being in such manner 
as it is, the houses being so scattered over the whole Township 
that in No one place six houses are within call. By which in- 
conveniency the Inhabitants of s d Town can have no benefit of 
such a Gramar Schoole, for at the times fit for children to go 
and come from schools is Generally the chief Time of the In- 
dians Doing Mischief, so that the Inhabitants are afraid to send 
their children to Schoole, and the children Dare not venture so 
y* y e Sallary to s' ! Schoole Master is wholly Lost to s J Town. 

So that your Petitioners at the Request & in behalfe s d Town 
humbly prays y r hon™ & Generall Assembly that there may be 
an act of this Generall Assembly Past that the s' 1 Town of 
Dover may be Exempted from keeping a Gramar School Dur- 
ing the war with the Indians, as formerly they were so prays 
I • your humble Petitioners 

James Daa'is 
Sam- Tebets 
August 29 th 1772 Tim. Gerrish 

In Council. 

Voted That The prayer of This petition be granted for the reasons 
Therein Mentioned and That The petitioners have leave to bring in a 
bill accordingly 

Rich' 1 Waldron Cler Con. 

August y e 29 th 1722 
In the house of Representatives, read and lies for Consideration 
August the 30" 1 - Inthe house of Representatives read and Concurred 
with Provided they keep a Schoole for reading and writing & Arith- 
metic 

James Jeffrey 

Clerk Assembly 



Selectmen of Dover's petition and votes thereon. 
Pro. N. Plamp 

To the Honourable The Lieu 1 Governour and Command 1, in 
chief of said Province and to the Hon' 10 y e Council and house 
of Representatives convened in General Assembly. 

The Petition of the Selectmen in behalf of the Town of 



Dover humbly S/wzveth | 

That whereas y ' late bridge over Lamprey river has been 

carryed away by a freshet tor want of a firm foundation and a 

passage over that river being so necessary and useful Especially 

at this time 

We Therefore most humbly pray that a Committee May be 



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TOWN PAPERS DOVER. 157 

appointed to view the said river and the landings on Each side 
in order to finding a more convenient place to build anew so as 
to prevent the like Misfortune w cil y- former and Make a report 
of their doings at y e next Sessions andyo r petition''- 1 Shall ever 
pray &c 

Ricii d Waldrox } 
Benj* Wextworth ,- Selectmen 
June i 3t 1723. Nicolas Harford j 

In Coun June i 5 - 17.23. 
Voted That Six Indifferent Persons be chosen a Committee To survey 
lamprey River and Report to His Honour the Lieu 1 Gov r and Council 
as soon as conveniency will permit V Most.commpdius place for build- 
ing a bridge a Cross said River and that Col" Walton M 1 ' Ew' 1 Ayres & 
Mr. Berij* Thomas be three of y* Committee to Joyn w th y 9 . Gentlemen 
whom y- house shall -appoint 

Rich Waldron, Cler Con. 
Eoden Die In the house of Representatives 

Voted a Concurrence with the above vote (with this Proviso) y* y e 
Petitioners pay y Charges of the Comittee and that Coll Peter Wear'e 
Coll John Piaistow Esq r and y : W n More be three of y 1 Comittee fory e 
end afores 4 

James Jeffrey Cl r Ass 01 . 



Petition and complaint against Richard Waldron Esq. 

Province of ") 
New Hampshire/ 

To His Excellency William Burnet Esq 7 Governour and Com- 
ander in Chief in and over His. Maj tl<?a Province of New 
Hampshire &c and to the Hon bie His Majesties Council for 
said Province 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of the s d 
Province Most humbly Sheweth That divers of your Pet ! ' 5 
for upwards of Forty years, others for Thirty, have been Set- 
led upon a certain Tract or Neck of Land in Dover in the 
Province afores' 1 . being duly put into possession thereof by the 
Freeholders of s l Town as by their Votes will appear ; all 
which time was partly spent in Subduing- the Indian Enemy 
and partly in Subduing and Cultivating the wild Land so given 
and granted to them, That after such a length of time when 
your Petitioner had with much blood and Labour reduced the 
Former to reason, and the latter to profit, and expected to en- 
joy the Sweet of all their Encounters and pains in the year 
1 719 Richard Waldron Esq 1 " as Adm r to the Estate of his 
Father Richard Waldron formerly of s (l Dover Esq r dec'ed 
brought his action against vour Petitr s and others for the Re- 
covery of one Moiety of said Neck of Land pretending one 
half thereof was granted to him by the Selectmen of that 
Town so long ago as the 5 th of the io' Tfr Month 1652 and the 



15S NEW HAMPSHIRE 



other half to William Furbur and others, whereas it's Evident 
from the Votes of s l Town many years after that Willi am Fur- 
bur and the whole Town Esteemed that Grant when the said 
Town was under the Massachusetts Government of no Validity 
For the s d William Furbur in 1693-4 attests to Votes and 
Grants of the Freeholders of Dover alb res' 1 of part and parcels 
of the s' ! Land ; however at a Superior Court the s d Waidron 
Recovered the s 1 Moiety and upon an appeal before the Hon ble 
the Lieut. Governor and Council the appellants making De 
fault the Judgement of the Superior Court was Confirmed; 
the reason of such Default is easily accounted for so that by s a 
Judgement the s d Waidron was to "hold in Common one Moiety 
of s d Neck with y r Pet" s and others ; That some time after the 
s d Waidron brought his writ of Partition to hold his part in 
Severalty, and accordingly the 12 th day of April 1728 a Jury 
went on the s d Neck and divided the same, giving the upper 
part thereof to s d Waidron and your Pet" the lower half where 
their Settlem"" Orchards and Improvements were made, as by 
their return under their hands and Seals will appear, which was 
most equal & Just, & virtually agreingwith the Judgemen'tof the 
Hon'" : e the Lieut. Governour and Council upon the appeal that the 
s d Waidron might not be profited by your Pet" buildings ; but 
the s d Waidron being thus in part defeated of his Expectation, 
by management under the colour of Law & practice, but not 
warranted by either, as upon a hearing before your Exceilency 
and Hon" will evidently appear, procured another Jury in Sep- 1 

temberFollowing to make the Division De Novo, who without 

(making themselves acquainted with the Tract and the Survey 
thereof as the Former Jury had done, at once and without any 
trouble Confirmed the Divisional lines the Former Jury had 
made and Established the Same, but gave the lower half 
where Stood vour Petr Houses Barns Orchards and all their 
clear Land to s d Waidron and gave them the upper half which 
the Former Jury had given to Waidron so that your Pet" after 
upwards of thirty years labour and the Expence of much blood 
and the sweat of their Brows are thereby with their wives and 
Children drove into the wild wilderness, and all this so done 
under the Shew of Justice and Equity within a civilized Gov- 
ernment. 

Your Pet rs therefore persuade themselves from your Excel- 
lencies Superior and most distinguishable abilities and vertues, 
and from the Experienced Justice and Equity seated in Your 
Excellency and Hon", that they shall have a short day assigned 
them to be heard by their Council on the premises, and that 
they shall receive Such redress and relief as to Law Justice 
and Equity shall appertain 



TOWN PAPERS — DOVER. 



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And the Pet*' 3 as in duty bound will ever pray Sec 

Elisiia Clark 
James Wellmet 



April 4 



729. 



Howard Henderson 
Joseph Caxxe 
Abigail Blacks ton 






Petition of the InJtab. of the N. JE. part of Dover for a 

Parish. 
To his Excellency William Burnet Esqr. Captain General 
and Governour in Cheif in and over his Majesties province of 
New Hamp r the .Honourable his Majesties Council and the 
Representatives of the s d province in General Assembly Con- 
vened 

The Petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants of the North 
East part of the Town of Dover, humbly shezveth — That the 
Dwelling places of yo r Petitioners are at a great distance from 
the houses of the Public Worship of God in the Town of 
Dover where your Petitioners live by which their attendance 
thereon is rendered very difficult more especially to the women 
and children of their families and that in the Winter Season 
and in Stormy weather So y x they cannot pay that Honour 
and Worship to God in publick as it is their hearts desire they 
could, therefore for the advancing the Interest of Religion and 
for the Accomodation of vo r Petitioners It is humbly prayed 
by them that Your Excellency and the Honourable Assembly 
will please to sett them off as a Parrish for the Maintaining the 
Public worship of God amongst themselves and that they be 
dismiss' d from the Town of Dover as to the Supporting of the 
Settled Minister there, And that the Bounds of that their Parish 
may begin at the Gulfs a place so called atCochecho river, and 
from thence to run to Varney's Hill and from thence the Town 
bounds on a North West point of the Compass & Your Peti- 
tioners Shall ever Prav as in dutv bound &c 



Paul Wentworth 
Thomas Alden 
Elazar Wver? 
Lowe Roberts 
Jeremiah Rawlings 
Silvanus Xock 
James Hales 
Thomas Hobbs 
William Strelev? 
George Ricker 
Tho^Downs 
Philio Yett-en 
Thomas Nock 



John Roberts 
Samuel Randall 
Samuel Cosen 

? Ricker 

Ephraim Ricker 
Jos Ricker 
Joshua Roberts 
[ohn Hail 
Moses Tebbets 
William Downs 
John Tebbets 
Benj a Peirce 
Mahonan Recker 



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Zacheriah Nock 
Philip Stacpole 
Thomas Miller 
Nath- Perkins Jun. 
Samuel Roberts 
Benjamin Wamouth 
John Conver? 
Wilam Chcsle ? 
Joseph Husey 
Ichabd Tebbets 
James Stacpole 
Benj* Varney 
Ebenezer Garland 
Samuel Downs 
Ri c h a rci Win two rth 
Joseph Wintvvorth 
John Connor 
Tho= Wallingford 
Moris Hobbs 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Thomas Tebbets 
Benjamin Stanton 
Ebe r Wentworth 
Samuel Jones 
Joseph Peney 
Philip Pappon 
Jemes Gupey 
Josiah Clark 
John Mason 
Benjamin Twomble 
William Jones 
Daniel Plumer 
Jabez Garland 
Hugh Connor 
Job Clements 
John Roberts 
Edward Ellis 
Samuel Ally 
William Tornpson 



April the 25 th 1729 In the house of 

In the house of Representatives. The within Petition being read 
Voted the Petitioners serve that part of the Town of Dover that they 

Desir'd to be set off from with a Copy of this Petition toappeare at the 

General Assembly Wednesday next the Show Cause (If the can) why 

the prayer of the Petition Should not be Granted 

In Council Eod-' die 

Read and Concurred with 

R. Waldron Cler Con 



Petition of Eleazer Weave in behalf of Inhab^ of N. JS. 

■part of Dover. 
To His Excellency William Burn it Esq r Goven r and Com-, 
mancler in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of New 
Hamp T Sc to the Honourable the Council and Representa- 
tives in Gen 1 Assembly convened. 

The Humble Petition of Eleazer Weare in the behalf of the 
Inhabitants of the North East part o 1 ^ the Town of Dover 
Shezvcth 

That the Inhabitants of the afores d North East part of 
the Town of Dover upon their Petition by them Subscribed 
presented to your Excellency and to the Honourable Assembly 
that they might be set off as a Separate Parish did obtain an 
order that their Petition Should be heard on Wednesday the 
Ninteenth day of April last and that the Inhabitants of the 
Parish of Dover should be notified to attend the Same on the 
s d day. yet so it happens that the s d day is past and yet the In- 
habitants of Dover not notified nor any hearing of -the s d Peti- 
tion had. Your Petitioner therefore prays that your Excel- 
lency and this Honourable Assembly would please to appoint 



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a Day that so the afores d Petition May be heard and that the 
Town of Dover be notified to make answer if any Your Pe- 
titioner shall shall ever pray as in duty bound 

Eleazer Wyer 
Dover i May, 1729 

In the House of Representatives — 

Voted That the prayer of this petition be granted & the Town of 
Dover be notified by the petitioners Serving the Selectmen with a Copy 
of the Petition & that the Town be Directed to Send some person or 
persons to represent them &C give reasons if any they have why the 
pray r of the s' 1 Petition should not be granted & to appear the Eighth 
day of Ins £ May or if the Assembly be not then sitting then to appcare 
the Second day of the Sitting of next Gen 1 Ass m 

James Jeffrey CI r Ass m 
May i*' 1729 

In Council May 2 d 
Read & Concurrd 

R. Waldron Cler. Con. 



Petition of Paul Gerrish and others of Dover, relati)ig to 

frauds and forgeries. 
To the Honourable John Wentworth Esq r L t Gov 1 " Comand r 
In Chief in and over His Majestys Province of New Hamp- 
shire To the Hon bk ' the Council and House of Represen- 
tatives convened in General Assembly for Said Province 
The humble Petition of Paul Gerrish of Dover in New 
Hamp re aforesaid and several of the principal Inhabitants of 
said Town 

Most humbly Sheweth That for these two years last past the 
said Paul Gerrish has been Clerk of the said Town of Dover 
and since the books of the said Town have been in the said 
Gerrish' s hands, he has discovered a Great deal of Corruption 
(or forgery as he apprehends acted and done in the said books) 
as he supposes by those persons (or their permission) whose 
hands they formerly have been in, and that said principal In- 
habitants of said Town are Stil of opinion that there are now 
through the ill actions formerly done a great many forged 
grants stil produced and bro't to the lot layers of said Town to 
be laid out who with great reason suspecting them refuse to lay 
them out and on their refusal those persons who have got those 
grants apply to the next Town Lot lay r * who lay such grants 
out, whereby the Town of Dover is very greatly damnified 
and set in confusion and if some remedy cannot be found out 
for their relief will be almost rui n'd — They Therefore most 
humbly Pray That yo r Hon r and the Gen' Assem will take the 
premises under your mature Consideration and make such 
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orders thereupon as may (if possible) rectify the horrible In- 
justice that has been done the Town by such false entrys and 
Effectually prevent the Confusion which the Town will other- 
wise unavoidably be in and yo r petition" as in duty bound shall 
ever pray &c 



Dc 



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Paul Gerrish 

Paul Wentworth 

John Cannie 

John Waldron 

John Waldron Jun r 

Ezra Kimbal 

John Hammock 

James Chesiey 

Eph tl Wentworth 

W» Forst 

W m Welland 

Eben r Varnev 

Eben r Varnev Jun r 

Thorn 3 Pinkham 

Nath 1 Young 

Israel Hogsden 

Mark Gyles 

Tob s Hanson Jun r 

Edward Ellis 

Gersh"' 1 Wentworth Jun. 

Israel Hosts den 

Trist Coffin 

Benj a Hanson 

Moses Winget 

Tho* Millit 

John Young 

"Rich 1 Plumer 

Jos Hanson Jun r 

Tob s Hanson . 



In the House of Repre; 



David Watson 

.Hobs 
Tho 3 Alden 
- Joseph Conner 
Daniel Goodin 
\V ra Styles 
Sam 1 Dam 
Sam 1 Styles 
John 

Nath 1 Varny 
Eleaz r Wyer 
El r Wyarjun* 
Sylv s Nock 
James Hobs 
Thorn" Wallingford 
Eben r Wentworth 
Eben r Garland 
Sam 1 Jones 
Josh- 1 Roberts 
John Thompson 
Jon* Merrow 
James Guppy 
Nath 1 Perkins 
John Rickar 
Eph :l Rickar 
George Rickar 
Gersh r Wentworth 
Sam 1 Wentworth 
John Wentworth 

True Copy 

Rich J Waldron Cler. Con. 
Dec. ib 1729. 



The annexed Petition of the Town Clerk of Dover and others of said 
own was read and 

Voted Thereon, That the Clerk of the said Town of Dover for the 
time being be hereby prohibited entering any of those old Comittee 
Grants that are Suspected not to be legally obtained and to enter only 
such Grants as have or may be allowed by said Townorthe Select Men 
thereof until the next Siting of the General Assembly and that there be 
a Comittee chosen by the Gem Assembly to go to the Town Clerk for 
the Time being who is hereby required to shew unto such Committee 
such Entrys Matters and things as he or any of the Said Town suppose 
to be done by ill practice and the said Committee shall by Virtue hereof 
summon before them all such persons that can give any light in Ex- 
plaining any matters or things they may see occasion to Examine for 
discovery of truth and detecting such vile practices and to give such 
person or persons their oaths and to make returns of their doings 
therein to the General Assembly next session 

And that Nath 1 Weare Esqr. and Theo fe Atkinson Esq re be a Commit- 



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tee of this House to Jayn such as shall be appointed above for that end 
and that the Petitioners pay the Charges 

James Jeffrey Cler Assm 
In Council Dec r iS tb 1729 

Read and Concurr'd and Joth Odiorne & Henry Sherburne Esq r3 ap- 
pointed for the Service above 

Richd. Waldron Cler Con. 
True Copv Examined, 

Rich d Waldron Cler Con— 
Province of] 
New Hamp / 

We whose names are underwritten being of the Comittee for the 
Ends within mentioned have bee'n at Dover Sz upon a Strict enquire of 
all persons that we tlio't or suspected could give us any Information as 
also Ave haveing searched the Town Book do report thereon as follow- 
ed! we do finde by the-s' 1 Town book that great forgery & fraud hath 
been used iz frequently practiced by Entering grants Many year? back 
in the Inter Spaces of' the Book & that the Book hath often been ex- 
posed Sz Lay open to many persons to enter what Grants they saw 
proper therein & that we found many of the s' 1 Originall Grants in the 
former Town Clerks hand which appeared to us to be fraudulent ^Deceit- 
ful which have been Entered in s' 1 bookas afore*' 1 — that Great Quantities 
of Land hath been Laid out by Virtue of the s' 1 Grants by which we Im- 
agine The Town hath been Striped of at Least fifteen Thous' 1 pounds 
worth of Land as wittness our hand this 24'- March 1729-30. 

Jotham Odiorne ] 
Hex Sherburne > Comtee 

Theodore Atkinson) 

Report about Dover Town Book - 

Whereas the Generall Assembly of this his Maj' Province upon read- 
ing the report of the Comittee formerly appointed by s' 1 Assembly to 
Examine Dover Town book: Wee whose names are hereunto Sub- 
scribed were appointed by the Gen ,;1 Assembly to make a more exact & 
particular inquiry into the Seve" Grants & returns in s'\Book supposed 
to be Vicious & Corrupt as pr. s ' Vote of the 30 th of Decem br 1730 will 
appear & having Strictly examined s' 1 Town Books & hies as alsoe the 
the former Town Clerk A: other Persons from whom we could receive anv 
Insight or Information & Do report that all the Grants & returns men- 
tioned in this report we Imagine to be fraudulent Corrupt Sz Vicious for 
the reasons mentioned with Each record herein recited as 

I st In the old Book Page (120) a grant made in the 10 th of the 11 th 
month (59) ^: A return made Sz ent'red by Cap 11 The Tibbets the Late 
Clerk & in a space amongst the record' made many years before he was 
Clerk Sz the time of his recording it was entered with the s d Grants re- 
turn & afterward erased & the Clerk acknowledged he recorded it, beside 
we viewed the originall & finde it all of one hand and sighning 

2 i; - v In the New book Page (9) a grant made by a Committee whereqf 
William Furbur was Clerk for 60 acres of Land made to the reverend 
Mi*. John Pike Dated the 23 l June 1701, & confirmed by the Town the 
23 d march 1702 This Capt Tho* Tibbets swears he doth not know how 
it came upon record & that Doctor Pike had been with him to get the 
s d Grant <S:c recorded but he refused to Enter it beingas he believed not 
good. Notwithstanding 'tis ent'red in a Vacancy Left in s d book for- 
merly & in a Different hand from the records of that Time & some ob- 
literations 



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3 1 in s x Book Page (16) a grant made by S d Comittee for (30) acres 
of Land to Cap 1 Tho' Tibbets'on the 3^ of June 1701 because ent'red by 
Capt Tibbets son Sam 1 as he himself Declares upon oath amongst the 
records made by Cap 1 Tuttle & we observed that the Date of the record, 
in the same page both before & after were in the year (1694) but we 
could not obtain any originall. 

4 th In page 19 a grant made to Nich Harrison for (60) acres on the 
19 th 1693-4 5c confirmed by the Town In the month of April following 
Ent'red in a Space amongst the records made by Cap 1 Tuttle & not in | 

his hand and Differing from his s li Tutties method / 

5 lh In y (27 l:; ) a grant made by s 1 Comittee to Cap- Sam 1 Tibbets in 
the year 1694 recorded in an unusuall hand & crowded in a Vacancy 
amongst the records the original! Sam 1 Carle Swears he had of one 
Burnham Sz Cap r Tho> Tibbets Swears he refused to record it believing 
it not to be good yet we find it recorded 

6 Page (32) a 'Grant made to Nath ! Tibbetts for 30 acres Dated the 
II th April 1694 by s u Comittee 5: Confirmed the i6 :il of the same month 
by the Town Crowded in between Tutties record in an unusuall hand 
Si by the originall it appears that Furbur the Clerk of the Comittee's 
name neither wrote or spelt as he used to Do 5z the grant & confirma- 
tion of the same hand writing | 

7 Eh In Page (57*) Grant to Francis Pittman by The Town of April 
the 6 r!l 1702 for forty acres crowded in with Tutties records in an unu- 
sual! hand Tho s Tibbets Swears that he doth not know weither* he re- 
corded it or not but that he did enter some Grants & returns in Cap'- 
Tutties vacancy in « ; book 

S Lh In Page (62) June the 23 1 1701 a grant by s 1 Comittee to Jere- 
miah Barnum for 50 acres ent'red in one of Tutties Vacancy's & by Tib- 
bcN himself as he swears but tis not signed by any Clerk. 

9"' In Page (75) June 23 d 1701 a grant to "Nath 1 Landers by the s 1 
Committee lV Entred by Tibbets in the Bottom of a Leaf with Tuttle 
records as appears by the hand writing Sz his acknowledgement Sz the 
Different Inck Sz the originall appears not to be the writing of Furbur 
the Clerk of the Comittee which we ree'd from Tibbets 

10 th Page (76) grant to Roger Vose for Three score acres of Land & 
meadow by s l Comittee the ig lh march 1693-4 & confirmed by the Town 
the:' April 1694 crowded in amongst Tutties Entries in a Different 
hand and different Coilerd Inck from the Entry before i: after 

ir'-' 1 86'" Page i; rant to Eli Dimerrest for 30 acres of Land the n'- h 
April 1694 & Confirmed the i6 lU April 1694 Tibbets acknowledges he 
entred in a Vacancy Left by Tuttle since he was Clerk 

I2°» 91 Page a grant by the s 1 Comittees to John Tuttle & Ezek 1 
Wentworth for 30 acres of Land by s' 1 Comittee June 23 ll 1701 entred 
by Cap 1 Tibbets at the Bottom of Tutties eritres not Confirmed by the 
Town nor signed by the Clerk of the Comittee for Town. 

*3 til 93 l ^ a o e a g^nt to Jere Barnum for 40 acres april 11 th 1694 
crowded in at the Bottom of Tuttle's record £ supposed to be Vicious it 
being in an unusuall hand writing 

14 Page 94 a grant by s' 1 Comittee for 40 acres to Jere Barnum & not 
confirmed by the Town This Tibbets Lpon oath says he recorded in a 
Vacancy of Tutties record about 7 years since 

I5 ;!l Page 95 a grant made by the s 1 Comittee to Tho' Roberts the 
n U; April 1694 & confirmed the i6 tU April following Sz we rind the Grant 
was made to Tho- Roberts Tertius which i^ Left out in the record ec Tib- 
betts swears he entred it himself James Hanson swears he got the orig- 
inall of Eben r Young who told him s'' Hanson if he would get it re- 
corded he should have half of it and accordingly the s' 1 Hanson swears 
he went to Cao : Tibbets & gave him Two gall'' 3 rum Sz ord rii Abner 



Young to pay him Twenty Shillings in money for recording it 



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16 Page (98) granted by s 1 Comittee fifty acres to Rich d Husey & 
Confirmed the 16 april 1694 crowded among 5 Tuttles writing in an un- 
usuall hand Different Couiiord Inck. 

17 Page 101 granted to Abraham Clark the 23 1 June 1701 Sz Con- 
firmed the 6' h of April 1702 Tibbets swears he recorded about Three 
years since & the s a Clark swears that Mishack Drew & William Hill 
asked him about that time if he would sell him his grant of Land if they 
could finde it upon record Sc promised them they should have it& some 
time after they told him it was recorded *5c then bargained with him for 
Ten pounds & about this Time the s' 1 Clark asked Cap : Tibbets if he had 
any Grant & he Told him he did not love to enter such falce things 

iS dl 103 Page a grant by s d Comittee to PumphretWhitehouse June 
23 1702 for 50 acres entred amongst Tuttles records & Tibbets he re- 
corded it himself and by the original it appears not to be furours writ- 
ing it being different from his hand & his name not spelt right 

19 Page 104 a grant by s d Comittee for 50 acres of the 19 th of March 
1693-4 confirmed the .n ;h "of april 1694 made to Bryant Higgins This 
Tibbets swears he recorded amongst Tuttles records & that The Davis 
Bro'Mo him about 5 years past to have it recorded 

20 Page 105 a grant by s d Comittee to Rob 1 Allen in the year 1701 
& confirmed 6 th april 1702 for 40 acres Tibbets swears he recorded 
amongst Tuttles records about four years past. • 

21 Page 113 xi ch 1701 a Grant by s d Comittee for 40 acresof Land 
This Tibbets swears he entered about 5 or 6 years since & in a Vacancy 
in Tuttles Entries the original appears to be altered & not writ by Fur- 
bur the Clerk it differing "Both in writing & spelling. 

22 Page 120 June 3' : 1701 granted by s d Comittee to George Chesley 
& Confirmed by the 23 d March 1702 — 50 Acres of Land entred by Tib- 
bets as he swears about 5 years Since & the original! it appears that the 
Grant & Confirmation to be both of one hand cV' yet neither Furbur's 
nor Tuttles writing. 

23 Page 130 In the year 1699 cV' no Day nor month a grant made by 
the Select men to Jo* Jenkins 40 acres which Tibbets Swears he Entred 
himself «Sc amongst Tuttles records & swears he signed the originall 
not as a Select man but as a witness he remembering the grant to have 
been made about the year above s d which Induced him to write the 
Grant & record it. . 

24 Page 131 April 11 th 1694 Granted by s d Comittee to Joseph 
Smith Juiv Jc Confirmed the i6' h Day of April io' A April 1694 Tibbets 
swears he recorded amongst Tuttles records & that the original was al- 
tered & obliterated before he entred it from 60 acres to 40 acres 

26 132 Page granted June. 23 d 1701 by the Committee afores d 30 acres 
to Nath- Pittman Tibbets entred amongst Tuttles record about 5 or 6 
years since & the original appears not to be Furburs writing & much 
Interlined 

27 Page 136 June 23 d 1701. granted by s d Comittee to John Rand 
forty acres of Land which is not Confirmed by this Town This Tib- 
bets Entred 10 th Tuttles records about 5 or 6 years since 

25 Page 139. June 2^ 1701, a grant to Joseph Jenkins by said Com- 
ittee Tibbets swears he entred about seven years ago 

29 Page 144 May 28 th 1701, a grant to John Pinkham for Twenty 
acres the original appearing not to be the writing of the said Furburnor 
his signing his name not being spelt Right 

30 Page 147 April n 1701, a grant by the Comittee to John Hanson 
for 60 acres not confirmed by the Town icy- originall neither wrote nor 
signed by the Clerk. 

31 Page 149, April n 1694 granted by the Comittee to Joseph Joanes 
-to acres who says that he had the originall from Barnum and that he 






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Got it allowed by the Selectmen since & had it recorded for the com- 
mon fees 

32 Page 157 a grant by the Comitteeof the n t,! April 1693-410 Rich- 
ard rendail for 30 acres This grant Nath 1 rendail Swears he had of Bur- 
num & Cap r Tibbets swears he recorded it but the original! appears not 
to be the hand writing of Furbur nor signed by him 

33 Page (152) June 23' 1 1701. Granted to James Davis 60 acres of 
Land Entred by Tibbetts the originall grant being much Interlined & 
scratched Coll Davis says upon oath that Burnum asked him what he 
should give him for a grant of Land & s fi Davis answered he knew of 
no Grant but whatwas upon record & that his son Some time afterwent 
to Burnum & got the grant and carried it to Capt. Tibbets to record 

34 th Page (153) granted by s d Comittee to Sam 1 Chesiey 40 acres 
April 11, 1694 but not confirmed* Entred by Tibbets but the originall not 
furburs writing nor signing — 

35 Page (154) June 23 d 1701 Granted by the s a Comittee to Rich- 
ard Clark not Confirmed nor wrote nor signed by the Clerk of s d Com- 
ittee 

36 Page 154 — April i6'- ! Day 1702 granted at a Town meeting to Sam' 
Perkins 30 acres of Land the originall not wrote or signed by the Com- 
ittee 

37 Page 153 June 23 d 1701 granted by- the Comittee to Ely Demer- 
ret for 10 acres under the same Circumstances as the above grant to 
Perkins 

38 Pag 155 June 23 d 1701 granted by the Comittee to Amos Pink- 
ham 40 acres not confirmed by the Town & the originall not signed by 

the Comittee or any Clerk and yet in the record wiliim Furbur is En- | 

tred as Clerk. 

39 Page 155 June 23' 1701 a grant by the Comittee to James Xute 
of 40 acres not wrote or signed by Furbur the Clerk 

40 Page 156 March 19- 1 1693-4 a grant by s d Comittee to Tristram 
Heard for 30 acres Vicious for reasons mentioned in James Nutes grant 
afores^ 

41 Page 157 May 2 (1 1701 granted bj the Comittee to Jo s Ham 20 
acres vicious for the same reasons 

42 Page 15S April 11 1694 granted by the Comittee to Rob fc Hig- 
gins 30 acres the originall Interlined & otherwise vicious for the reasons 

above s cl 1 

43 Page 158 June 23 d 1701 a Grant by the Comittee to Josh Rich- 
ards for 6oacres confirmed the 23 March 1702 both Grant <n: Confirmation 
the same hand & neither Furburs nor Tuttles 

44 Page (15S) March 29 th 1693-4 Granted by the Comittee to Thomas 
Stevenson Thirty Acres of Land Vicious because not signed nor wrote 
by the Clerk 

45 Page (162) June 23 d 1701 a grant by the Comittee for 30 acres 
of Land to W ni Hill Sz Confirmed the 23 d of March 1702 because inter- 
lined 6: altered & the Grant & Confirmation both of one mans writing 
& neither of them of Furburs or Tuttles writing 

46 Page 162 April 11. 1694 a Grant to John Davis by the Comittee 
for 30 acres no Confirmation of the Town & not of Furburs writing nor 
Signing 

47 Page 124 June 23' 1 1701 a grant to David Kinckad by the Com- 
ittee & confirmed the 6 xb April 1702 both of the Same hand writing & 
it appearing by the records that the s' 1 Kincad had a grant of the Same 
Date & Quantity of Land recorded before 

4S Page 164 March 19. 1693-4 a Grant made by the Comittee to 
Tho* Drew & Confirmed the 2'* Day of April 1694 Tibbets swears 
Mishack Drew bro 1 the Grant to him" to record but Drew Denies he ever 
carrvd any grant to him to record 



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49 Page 165 March 19 th 1693-4 a grant made to Elias Cretchett tor 
3 Score acres of Land not confirmed Because wrote upon a new p s of 
paper appears to have been cut oft" from a p 1 * of paper on which we find 
a Grant made to Abraham Benneck Seven years after the Stamp of the 
paper being partelv on one &C partely on the other & not of the 
Clerks writing 

50 Page 165 June 23 d 1701 a Grant of s d Comittee to Abraham Ben- 
nick wrote on the p 3 of Paper above mentioned & wrote by the Same 
except the Date of the Grant & Some few words besides 

51 June 23 d 1701 In Page (167) a Grant by s d Comittee to Ichabod 
Rollings for 50 acres Confirmed 23 d March 1702 because not Signed by 
the Comittee nor their Clerk & by the Town Clerk 

52 Page 121 A grant by the s d Comittee for 30 acres to Nich° Har- 
ford no date & the Grant & Petition for s d Grant being on the Same p s 
paper & wrote by the Same hand & Differs from the record because the 
record is Dated Sc the original! not 

$3 Page 106 March 19 th 1693-4 a grant by Comittee to the estate 
Joseph Field for 10 acres Confirmed the 16 x\pril 1694 because all wrote 
bv one hand & neither of them the Clerk either the Comittee or the 
Town 

54 Paga ( ) June 23 d 1701 a grant by the Comittee to Cap* Tho s 
Tibbets for a small Gore of Land The originall was all of his own 
writing & Furburs name alsoe. & he s d Tibbets hath Entredin the records 
a Confirmation of the Town & on the originall there is no Such thing. 

We alsoe reporte that many things appear Very Dark by the record 
which we have omitted because we could not come at the originall 
Grants nor finde any particular Information about them we alsoe by 
James Barnums own oath report that he purchased a bundle of these 
Grants from the wido of the s d Furbur the Clerk Sc since that hath sold 
them to many persons i& they have got them recorded 
April 30 1 73 1 

Hen. Sherburne 
Nath 1 Weare 
THEO d Atkinson 









Petition of Proprietors of Hilton s Point, Dover. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esqr. Cap* Gen 1 and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Maj tieS Province of 
New Hampshire to the hon ble the Councill and house of Rep- 
resentatives Conven'd in Gen 1 Assembly 
The humble Petition of the Proprietors of the neck of Land 
in the Town of Dover on the Point Commonly called Hiltons 
Point on Dover Neck most humbly Sheweth That whereas the 
high way from Bloody Point ferry Goes through the said neck 
of Land and altho' the said Neck is al Fenced up - (only the 
Rhod way) whereby the Proprietors by reason of the way be- 
ing- open the proprietors of the Said neck of Land can have no 
Benefit thereof 

Therefore y humble Petitioners Prayes that they may have 
an act to empower them to set up a Gate at the Entrance into 
the high way that Leads up from the Waters side by Gap* Mil- 



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lets over huclc-bery Hill (as has been usual) and whereby no 
obstruction can be to the High way and y r Petitioners as in 
Duty Bound shall ever pray &c 
April the 30 •" 1731. 



1 

| Tho s Millet 



Richard Plurner 
Tho s Canney 
John Clements 
Thomas Tibbets 
Ephraim Tibbets 
Joseph Roberts 
Thomas Roberts 
Otis Pinkham 

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The Petition on the other side Read and ordered that the Petitioners 
Serve the Selectmen of the Town of Dover w tfcl a Copy of the s' 1 Peti- 
tion and this order That they may appear on thursday next at 10 
o'clock A. hi. to Shew cause if any they have why the Prayer of the said 
Petition should not be granted — and ordered to be sent down for Con- 
currence I 

Rich a Waldron Secretary 1 

Eodem Die In the House of Representatives 
The above order read & concurr'd with 

James Jeffrey C!e r Ass m 
Cap 1 Mathes a Select man of Dover appearing & not objecting 
In Court May 6 1731 

Voted That The Prayer of the w' 1: in Petition be granted and that the 
Petitioner have leave to bring In his bill accordingly 

R. Waidron See?" 
Maj- 6 th 1 73 1 In the house of Representatives 
The vote of the Council Read & Concur'd 

James Jeffrey Cle r Ass m 



Petition cf People in Dover and other Towns for a Town- 

ship. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esqr. Captain General 

and Comander in chief in and over his Majesties Province of 

New Hampshire in Xew England and to the Honourable 

His Majesties Council for s d Province 

The Humble Petition of divers of his Majesties Loyal Sub- 
jects Residing within the Province aforesaid Humbly 
sheweth that whereas there is a considerable Tract of land very 
commodious for Settlement lying nigh Winnepissocay Pond 
and we the Subscribers Your Humble Petitioners not having a 
competency oi land to afford us a comfortable Sub si stance Do 
Humbly Pray that Your Excellency and Honours would be 
pleased to grant unto us the Said tract of land for a township 
consisting of such dimentions & with such limitations restric- 

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ticns & Conditions as you ii 
proper and your Humble Pet 
ever pray 

Dover February 6 th 1732-3 

Sam ! Emerson 
William Twombly 
John Horn 
William Hanson 
Samuel Carll 
Joseph Hanson Jun r 
John Cook 
Sam 1 Young 
Nathan^ Garland 
Stephen Otis 
. Maul Hanson 
John Canny Jun r 
Ichabod Ken n v 
• Joseph Tebbets 
John Demedy 
John Layton 
Sam 1 Drown. 
Solomon Drown 
Edward Tebbetts 
John Twombly 
Joseph Estes 
Sam' 1 Carll Jun r 
Nath 1 Carll 
Benj a Rcberts 
James Bunker 
Thomas Canny 
Benj a Hanson Jun r 
Benj a Hanson 
Sam 1 Smith 
Sam 1 Smith Tertius 
Timothy Erhmerson 
Daniel Jacobs 
James Lav ton 
Deny Pittman 
John Ta-ker 
John Brown 
John Roberts Tertius 
Isaac Watson 
.Timothy Roberts 
Nicholas Tuttle 
John Home Junior 
James Nute Junior 
Benj a Bod^e 
Thomas Miller 
Joseph Varney 
Tobias Hanson 
Tobias Hanson Junior 
Isaac Hanson 
John Mellons 
John Hanson 
Benj a Tebbetts 
Paul Tebbetts 



1 your great wisdom shall think 
itioners as in Duty bound shall 



William Stiles Junior 

Moses Varney 

James Hobbs 

Ichabod Hayes 

Zechariah Nock 

Pomfret Whitehouse Jun T 

Eenj 11 Ham 

Eleazer Ham 

Benj a Frost 

John Garland 

William Lord 

Sam 1 Starboard 

Henry Hill 

Nathan 1 Lynn 

John Pearl 

John Tebbetts Junior 

John Tebbetts Tertius 

John Follitt Junior 

Solomon Perkins 

John Hayes 

John Hayes Junior 

William Whitehouse 

Bennedictus Farr 

Thomas Home Junior 

Ichabod Home 

Sam 1 Perkins 

Thomas Lay ton 

Sam 1 Chesley 

Solomon Emmerson 

John Daniel Junior 

Joseph Tebbetts Junior 

Nicholas Meader 

Sam 1 Meader 

Joseph Richards Jim. 

John Roe 

Joseph Bunker 

John Woodman 

John Woodman Jun r 

Joshua Woodman 

Edward Woodman 

Archelus Woodman 

Nath 1 Varney 

Jonathan Young 

William Home 

Richard Ward 

James Pink ham 

John Field Jun r 

Daniel Meader 

Thomas Drew Jun r 

John Ham Jun 1 ' 

Joseph Roberts Jun r 

James Nute 



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John (yRge 

Job Clements 
John Carter 
Sam 1 Nute 
Eli Demerritt Jun* 
William Horn Jun r 
John Bowdy 
Richard Pinkham 
Henry Tebbetts 
William Demerritt 
Timothy Tebbetts 
Job Demerriit 
Henry Bussy 
Thomas Tebbetts Jun r 
Thomas Varney 
Sam 1 Varney 
Joseph Conner 
Stephen Varney 
David Watson 
Dudley Watson 
Sam 1 Davis 
Joseph Hicks 
Tho* Btckford 
Benj a Demerritt 
Will'" Hill jun r 
Nath 1 Lu in mocks 
Thomas Ash 
Thomas Wilier 
Stephen Wi'ley 
John Ran 

Thomas Willey Jun r 
John Ham 
Ephraim Ham 
Sam 1 Ham 
Nath 1 Ham 
Ichabod Tebbetts 
Sam 1 Lamb 
Benj a Pierce 
Benj a Pierce Jun r 
Jerem. Tebbetts ]un T . 
James Clark 
Zecheriah Bunker 
James Bibard 
Timothy Moses Jun r 
Joseph Daniel 
John Hammock 
John Lay ton Jun r 
Hatevil Lay ton 
Nath 1 Hanson 
Caleb Evans 
John Winget 
Rich' 1 Hammock 
Sam 1 Merrow 
Jonathan Merrow 
Sara 1 'Merrow Junior 
Stephen Roberts 
Ebenezer Varney 
Ebenezer Roberts 



Benj a Roberts Jun* 
Ebenezer Varney Jun r 
James Keller 
joseph Libbv 
Otis Pinkham 
John Williams 
Dan 1 Mis Harvv? 
John Miss Harry? 
John Demerritt 
Vincent Farr 
Edv/ard Evans Cooper 
Zech a Pittman 
Jonathan Brew 
Ephraim Tebbetts 
John Church 
Joseph Evans Tun r 
Paul Hays 
Micah Eramerson 
Arthur McDaniel 
Joseph Harfard 
Benj a Evans 
Tacob Allen 
"Benja Allen 
Thomas Wallingfofd 
Henry Bickford 
Joseph Jackson 
Ralph Tworably 
Joseph Curtis 
John Perkins 
Joseph Tebbetts Tertius 
Robert Hanson 
Thomas Hanson 
Timothy Hanson 
Daniel Miss Harvey Jr. 
Jabez Garland 
John Varney 
Nath 1 Aston 
John Tuttie 
William Jenkins 
James Tuttie 
Reuben Chesiey 
William Hill 
Robert Evans 
James Drummond 
Ichabod Hill 
John Jenkins 
Sam 1 Hays 
Isaac Hanson Jun r 
Joseph Hall Junior 
Matthey Peary 
Thomas Millet 
William Twombly Jun r 
John Gerrish 
Peter Hays 
Rich d Plummet 
Sam 1 Beard 
William Frost 
Sam 1 Walton 



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John Hitckins 


Thomas Waits 




Sam ! Jones 


John Mason 




Joseph Rankins 


[ohn Bampton 




Sam 1 Aston 


Rich d Husoey 




Will™ Hussy 


Sam ! Herd 




Sam ; Willej Jun r 


Sam 1 Heid Junr 




Dover 


John Herd 




Joseph Pierce 


James Chesley 




Toseph Aston 


Matthew James 




Sami Holden 


Benj ;l Merrow 




Francis Drew- 


Daniel Young 




John Drew 


Thomas Nock 




James Hanspn 


Thomas Perkins 




Jonathan Church ' • 


Joseph Perkins 




Elijah Tuttie 


Nathaniel Roberts 




Paul Canney 


Thomas Doweiis 




Joseoh Jones 


Benjamin Mason 




Ben/" Hays 


John Tebbets 




Joseph Recker 


Sam 1 Tebbets Jun* 




Benj a Aston 


Jeremiah Rolings 
Eleazer Wire 




John Young- 




Solomon Clark 


John Tebbets 




John Canny 


Timothy Carrl 




Maurice Ilobbs 


Daniel Ham 




Hugh Conner 


Lowe Roberts 




Thomas Mason 


Philon Ye ten 




Joshua Perkins ■ 


Dav id Daniel 




Henry Tebbetts jun r 


Ezekiel Woionford 




William Shepherd 


Thomas Tebbets Son Jc 


hn 


E p h ra irn Teb i ) e 1 ts 


Howard Henderson 




Sam 1 Wennvorih 


Timothy Roberson 




John Bickford 


Timothy Roberson Jun. 




Joseph Bickford 


Jacob Hanson 




Gershom Downs 


Nicolas Brock 




Gershom Downs Jun. 


James Guppy 




Sam'- Canny 


Paul Roberds 




Sam 1 Canny Tun" 


Ebenezer Downs 




Joshua Canny 


Joseph Twombly 




Daniel Home 


John Waldron 




John Cromwell 


John Waldron Junr. 




Job Hussy 


Richard Waldron 




Joseph Hussey 


Joshua Guppy 




Richmo.nd Henderson 


Sam 1 Cromett 




Noel Cross 


Nicolas Hartford 




Joseph Canny 


James Davis, tertius 




[arch 3 d , 1732- Order'd to lve for 


consideration. 





Petition for a grant of land. 
To His Excellency Jon 3 Belcher Esqr. Gov r & Commamd r in 

Chief in £ oyer His majesties Province of New Hampshire 

in New England and to the Hon Dle His Majesties Council in 

Said Province 

The Petition of Sundry Persons Inhabitants of Durham, 
Dover, Exeter & Newington most Humbly Shezveth 

That whereas your Petitioners are men who have been bro't 



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± Lands to exercise their 



faculty on to their advantage none of them having any share or 
Propriety in any of the New Townships ; they did about six or 
Seven years agoe Petition the Hon bU the then Lieut. Gov r & 
Council for a grant of a Tract of Land to yo r Petition 1 " 3 & that 
they might be Incorporated into a Township — And whereas 



nothing was then d 



en cone upon 



it but vo r Petition'' 



prayer neg- 



lected they most humbly pray that yo r ExcelL & the Hon Me the 
Council in yo r great wisdom & goodness would be pleas' d to 
grant yo r Petition" 5 a Tract of Land where you shall think 
proper in this Province Since they have endur'd the brunt & 
hardships of the Late war have been entirely left out in all 
former Grants and are all men who are able & willing to settle 
& Cultivate Land .if they had it — and yo r Petitioners shall as in 
duty bound ever pray &c 

Francis Mathes — in behalf 
of the other Petitioners 
Jany. 3 d 1753-4. 



A List of 
Hugh Adams 
Jno Edgerly 
Joseph Edgerly Junr. 
Jno Kent 
Joseph Edgerly 
Moses Kim m in 
Zebulon Dam 
Jno Drew 
Benja Daniel 
Steph. Willey 
TI103 Footman 
James Langley 
Too? Langley 
Jno Biekford Junr 
Joseph Thomas 
Nathan Kenniston 
Jno Criramet 
Jno Bursa 
Thos Biekford Jun. 
Solomon Sia? 
Joseph Biekford 
Saml Willey 
Zach Edgerly 
Abra Stevenson 
Christopher Kenni.-:ton 
Jona Keuuiston 
Jno Fox 
Edyrd Wakbaia 
Thos Shepherd 
Joseph Simons 
Joseph Drew 
Joseph Wormwood 
Wm Willey 



the Petitioners' names. 
Jacob Wormwood 
Benja Durgan 
Steph Jenkins 
Francis Drew 
Jno Jenkins 
Jcshua Chesley 
Joseph Jackson 
Anthony Jones 
Sand Jones 
Richd Jones 
Jno Dam Junr 
Hatevil Leighton 
Benja Biekford 
Jno Leighton Jun. 
James Gurdy 
Richd Denbow 
James Smith 
Sampson Doe 
NichsDoe 
Jno Palmer 
Hopely Ayres 
Benja Bennet 
Eleazer Bennet 
Joshua Crimmet 
Edwd Hilton 
Joshua Crocket 
John Crocket 
Hezekh March 
Wm Durgan 
Win Durgan Jun. 
Jno Durgan 
Joseph Durgan 
Jona Durgan 



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Abra Beunet Junr. 
Francis Durgan 
Jno La sky 
Abednego Leathers 
Jno Doe Jun. 
Jno Barber 
Jno Footman 
Joseph Fooanan 
Juo Follefc 
Ciemt Sias 
Dan! Doe 
Benja Doe 
Joseph Chesley Jun. 
Solo Davis 
Alexander Hodgdon 
Jno Daniel 
Lemuel F.ickford 
Dodovah Bickibrd 
"Wra Shepherd 
Alex Hodgdon Jun 
Jno Hodgdon 
Jno Mason 
Joseph Doe 
Paid Chesley 
Lemuel Chesiey 
Thos Huckins 
Joseph Stevenson Jun. 
Saml Chesley Jun. 
Theodore Willey 
Jeremc- Pinner 



Benja Burdit 
Saml Adams 
StephBurss 
Ezekl Hilton 
Steph Jenkins Jun. 
Danl Rogers 
Joseph Smith Jun. 
Jno Langley 
Charles Hilton 
Moses Edgerly 
Tro worthy Durgan 
Joseph Sias 
Thos Chesley 
Winburn Adams 
Jno Adams . 
Joseph Kent 
Thos Chesley 
Job Langley 
Caleb Wakeham 
Thos Willey . 
James Drisco 
Thos Drew 
Elijah Drew 
Miles Randall 
Benja Mathews 
Thos Laighton 
Gershom Matthews 
Francis Footman 
Benja Bonnet 
Philip Crinuuet 



Ordered to be suspended til next Session. 



A List of the training men under Tlio* Millet, Cap n of 

Dover. 



Sergt Daniel Titcomb 
Ser. Thomas Laighton 
Corpl John Clemants 
Corl John Young 
Coil John Bickt'ord 
Cori John Laighton 
Joshua Perkins 
Paul Cenney 
Epliraim Tebl)etts 
Thomas Ash 
Joshua Cenney 
Samuel Holden 
Joseph Bickford 
Timothy Robinson 
John Cromwel 
Solomon Perkins 
John Perkins 
Richard Plummer 
Thomas Cenney 



Thomas Cenney Junr 
Oatis Pinkham 
Thomas Waits 
Joseph Crumwel 
Abraham Xute 
John Pearl 
Nathaniel Aston 
Joseph Aston 
Thomas Drew Junr 
Mo ; es Varncy 
Hatevil Hall 
James Jackson 
Timothy Moses Jun. 
John Iluckins 
David Daniel 
Samuel Chesley 
Stephen Wiiley 
Anthony Jones 
Joseph Daniel 



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Juha Daniel 
Henry Bussey 

EliDenierrat Jun. 
James Clark 
Job Demerrat 
John Ham Jus. 
Daniel Bunker 
Zechariah Bunker 
Henry Tibbicts 
John Field Jim. 
Samuel Starboard 
John Starboard 
John Tattle. 
James Tuttle 
Thomas Tuttle 
Nicholas Tuttle 
Samuel Hays 
Joseph Tibbe'tts 
Shadrach H.odgdon 
John Giles 
James Laighton 
Tras'rurn Pinkham 
William Allen 
Joseph Allen 
PaulNute 

Thomas Pinkham Jr. 
Hatevil Brighton 
John Harvey 
Nathaniel Roberts 
Thomas Roberts 
July ye 21 1740 



Joseph Dam 
Joseph Hall, Jun. 
Howard Henderson Jun. 
Samuel Roberts 
Ebenezr Tuttle Jun. 
Joseph Hubbard 
Tobias Randol 
Charles Biekfbrd 
Iebabod Tiboifcts 
Stephen Hawkins 
Aaron Roberts 
Thomas Ransom 
AMKOtJS Bautom 
Isaac Allen 
Clemant Ham 
Benjamm Bodge Jtm 
Vincent Torr 
Stephen Pinkham 
James Pinkham Jun. 
Jonathan Daniel 
Jacob Daniel 
Jonathan Harriman 
John Randol 
Joseph Drew 
John Follet 
Solomon Pinkham Jun 
Robert Wille 
Benjamin Wille 
Clement Harvey 

Total 97 



A List of y* Second foot 

Seargaats John Horn 

Jonathan Young 

Epherem Ham, 

John Tasfcer 
Corporals Ezera Kecibel 

N:itha. Young 

John Demerit 
Drumers John Carter ) 

John Marden \ 

Daniel Plumer 

Job Clement 

Sam! Clement 

Saml Dam 

Saml Alley 

John Alley 

John Muckelaroy 

William Whitehouse 

JatneB Withrel 

John Hanson Jun. 



Company of Dover, July the 24, 
1740. ' 

William Horn 
Nathl Horn 
Ezekel Wentworth 
Epherem Wentworth Jun. 
Joseph Connor 
James Chesley 
John Varney 
Nemiah Kembel 
Thomas Hanson 
John Horn Jun. 
John Waldron 
Nathn Varney 
Stephen Varney . 
Elihu Heays 
John Tebits 
Nathn Ham 
Daniel Ham 
- Daniel Horn 
Peter Hayes 



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John Hayes Jan. 
Sarnl Varney 
Thomas IFeays 
Ezekiah Hears 
MarkGeils 
Ichobod Beays 
John Tebbits Jun. 
Jeremiah Tebbits 
Isaac Tsrombiy 
Thomas Young 
Isaac Young 
Robart Eneas Jun. 
John Euens 
Nathl Kan ?on 
Benjn Evens 
Rob art Hanson 
John Cook 
Henry Bickford 
Nathn Garland 
Wil'iam Twombly Jun. 
Sarnl Young 
Stephen Oats 
Isral Hoclgdon Jun. 
John Hanson 
Timothy Hanson 
James fCelley 
Joseph Hanson Jun. 
Ichobed Cehney 
John James 
Moses Winget 
Joseph Hall 
Richard Scammons 
J on a Church 
Isaac Watson 
Sam I Hoge 
Henry Marshal 
Richard Pin': em Jun. 
Ebenezer Piukern 
James Biber 
Maul Hanson 
John Twoffibly Jun. 
Benja Allen 
Sarnl Davis 
Sami Alley Jun. 
William Hill 
Sarnl Williams 
Jonth Ham 
William Perey 
Joseph Ilix 
Eraneis Dru 
Solemon Emerson 
William Tasker 
Thomas Bickibrd 
[EzariahBuiiey 
Derey Pitman 
Zechariah Pitman 



Zechariau Edgerly 
William Corner et 
Daniel Karrey 
John Busseli 
William [lussell 
James Huekens 
Nathl Davis 
John Fay Jun. 
Ralph flail 
Joseph Perkin3 
Benjn Hall 
John Brown 
Joseph Jackson 
Clement Dru 
Meshaok T>ru 
Eiezir Davis 
Daniel Clement 
Richard Cleark 
Jonth Hanson 
GeoigeHearn 
Joseph Hasinas 
James Young 
Jabez Garland 
Sarnl Heard 
James Richard 
Isaac Horn 
Joseph. Hani 
Ruben Heays 
Joseph Heays 
Sarnl Hanson 
Daniel Evens 
Nathn Hanson Jun. 
Ezekiah Cook 
Elezer Young 
Benjn Young 
Joseph Hanson third 
Joseph Eslears 
Isaac Hanson 
George Hanson 
Elisha Esters 
Jonth Chusing Jun. 
Sarnl Gerrish 
John Winget Jun. 
Sam 1 WinJet 
John Whiuhthouae 
Benjn Thrasher 
Sarnl Watson 
Sarnl Davis Jun. 
Sarnl Tasker 
Thomas Harris 
David Dru 
Joseph Evens thirl 
Solonmn Hanson 
Benjn Pim.em 
Benja Heays 
Job Clement Jun. 



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A True Cuppey pr. Me William Yv'ellatul Clark 
A true Copoey attested by the Clark under oath 



jOHX WlNGEXLef^ 



This is iiie List of the Tt 
Trustram Coffin 
Corpll Benja Ham 
Corpll Jos Records 
Corpll Jos Thomas 

John Young Jnr 

James Mute Jnr 

Isaac Lebbey 

Paul Gerrish Jnr 

Saml Heard Jnr 

Ralph Twombly 

Benja Hanson Jnr 

Dudley Watson 

Eenja WaEiouthjun. 

John Tebbc-tts Jun. 

Richard Waldron 

Ebenezer Nock 

William Styles' 

William Horne Jun. 

Th os Tebbets J^n 

Moses Stevens 

Shedrecu Walton 



■oof ers under the Command of Cop' 1 
in Dover, July J'° 29, 1740. 

Benja Ilobarts Jun. 
Eleiah Tuttell 
Speusor Winfrworth 
John Drew 
John Heard 
Jonathan Durgen 
John Drew Jan. 
Richard Jones 
Joshua Statrpole 
Daniell Rogers 
Jonathan Watson 
Dodefor Ham 
Ambros Bamptom 
Daniell Home Jun. 
Jos. Drew 

Nathaniel Readall Jun. 
Jonathan Hanson 
Stephen Jaukins Jun. 
Benja Jackson 
Samuell Stagpole 

Stephen Robarts Clark 



Petition against a new Parish. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Cap fc General 
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majes- 
tvs Province of Xew Hamp r in New England Together with 
The Hon Me his Majestys Council & House of Representa- 
tives in general Assembly Convearied 

Wee your Humb' e Petitioners without a due Consideration 
having heretofore Signed a Petition carried into the general 
Court in order to be set off a Parish by our selves which Peti- 
tion if Granted Wee find will be greatly to our disadvantage 
and very hurtful to ourselves and Families for the time to come 
first Because that after a due Consideration wee find that 
our par: that have Petitioned are but few in number and 
many of us under such poor Circumstances that wee appre- 
hend that at present we are in no wise able to Support our- 
selves & Families and to pay what we shall be obliged to do in 
order to the settling & ment:iining an Orthodox Minister 









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amongst us. Secondly Because that whenever it may be 
thought there may be another Parrish the meeting house ought 
to be set up in the Center of the Parish and not y e Parrish to 
be Established in manner & form as Petition d for. The meet- 
ing house now at Madbury standing almost home to Durham 
line and will by no means accommidate Many of us Neither 
many other out settlers who dont live within the Parrish Peti- 
tioned fbr. Wherefore we your humb le Petitioners beg that 
your Excellency & Honours would in your great wisdom and 
Goodness take this affair into your wise Consideration and put 
an end to the whole proceeding thereof all which Wee your 
Hum le Petitioners in duty Bound shall ever pray 



Dover May y* 8 th 


r 744- 




Henry Bickford 




Isaac Twombly 


J<jhn Evens 




Joseph Evens 


Jonathan Hanson 




Joseph Twombly 


Eobert ETen3 




Stephen Pinkham 






Abraham Clark. 



Petition for leave to have a Lottery. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq* Governor & 
Commander in Chief in &: over His Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire — The Hon ble his Majesty's Council & 
House of Representatives for said Province In General As- 
sembly Conven'd the 3 d Day of January 1760 
The Humble Petition of John Gage Esq r Howard Hender- 
son & Dudley Watson Gentlemen all of Dover in said Prov- 
ince as Committee of said Town for this purpose Shews 

That the said Town by divers ways & means is as your Pe- 
titioners apprehend more burthened with Charges of One kind 
or other than any other in the Province in Proportion to the 
Polls & Estates Subjected to Discharge them Among which 
the Bridges maintained at the Public Expense is not Inconsid- 
erable But especially the well known Si now much us'd 
Bridge over Cochecho River (which is gone much to Decay) 
is a Great £ Standing Expence — That it is now necessary the 
said Bridge should be Rebuilt for which a considerable sum of 
Money will be wanting the Levying: of- which in the Common 
Way will be too Grie\ iotis to be sustained at Present notwith- 
standing the Urgency of the Demand 

That as there are at Present many Examples of Raising 
money tor Public uses by way of Lottery that the money 
Risk'd by Individuals who will where opportunity Favours be 
adventurers may be of General advantage the said Town have 
upon Consultation Judg'd they might make a Good use of this 
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way for the End aforesaid and directed your Petitioners to ap- 
ply for liberty accordingly — An as this liberty is a matter of 
mere grace and favor and not of Justice and right your Peti- 
tioners beg leave Humbly to suggest that Considering it in that 
view the Town of Dover seems to be a proper Subject for that 
favour not only in Regard of the Burthen aforesaid but also of 
the Principal Share it has Sustained of all the Calamities Af- 
flictions Troubles & Burthens with which the Province in Gen- 
eral has been Concerned from the Beginning — Wherefore your 
Petitioners most Humbly Pray that they may have the Liberty 
afores' 1 Granted to said Town &. leave to Bring in a Bill accord- 
ingly and they will as in duty bound ever pray &c 

John Gage ) ^ .,/, 

\ r fl TT ^Committee 

: • How 1 Henderson ) 



In Council Jan'ry 4 th 1760 
read & ordered to be send 
down to the Hon ble Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Province of ) In the House of Representatives Jan 4, 1760. 
New Hamps /This Petition being read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted and that ye petitioners 
Have Libertv to Bring In a Bill accordingly 
] A. Clarkson Clerk. 

In Council Jan'ry 5* 1760 
read & Concurrd 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'y. 



Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Dover for a Bridge to 

cross Bella?nys Bank. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq 1 " Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire The Hon ble His Majesty's Council and 
House of Representatives in General Assembiv Convened., 
Oct 12 th 1756 

The Humble Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of Dover 
in said Province Shews That there is a Public High Way laid 
out in Dover aforesaid from the Road that leads from Coche- 
cho thro' Littleworth so called to Barrington to the Main Road 
that goes thro Madbury which Highway crosses Bellamy's 
Bank Freshet or Brook A little above Capt. Paul Gerrishes 
saw mill over which Freshet or Brook there is no Bridge for 
want whereof at certain times there is no Passing & thereby 
the Good Ends proposed in laying out Said way are in a Great 
Measure Frustrated and is also a standing Grievance to the 
Owners of the Contiguous Lands by Passengers throwing 



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Down the Fences for Convenient Passage, when they cannot 
pass said Freshet which wou'd be prevented by a Bridge. 

That the Way aforesaid is Really useful & Necessary winch 
was the Reason why it was laid out and tho' this matter has 
been Represented to the Town and the Necessity of having a 
Bridge there urged to make said Way Serviceable without being- 
Injurious to Particular Persons and the Town Requested to 
Build it at their General Expence Yet they Cannot be Pre- 
vail'd upon to do it. 

That Every Town is by Law Obliged to Provide for and 
Keep in Repair all Roads. or High Ways Passing thro' them 
and there is the same Reason that they should Build Bridges 
where they are Necessary or the High Ways leading to Such 
Places would be useless tho' as the Law Relating to the Lay- 
ing out High Ways is Silent as to this matter & it is a Case 
omitted your Petitioners are Necessitated to make this appli- 
cation. 

Wherefore they Humbly Pray the Premises may be Consid- 
ered and the Said Town of Dover Enjoined to Build a Con- 
venient Bridge at the Place aforesaid to Render said Way use- 
ful or Provide Such other Relief herein as in your Great Wis- 
dom & Goodness you shall Judge proper and your Petitioners 
as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c. 

Eli Demerec 
Paul Gerrish 
John Ta3ker 



Thos Davis 
Paul Pinkham. 
Job Demeret 
John Roberts 
Samuel Robert* 
Solomon Demeret 
Ebenezer Tasker 
Isaac Buzz ell 
Joseph Jackson 
John Tasker Jun. 
Ebenr Demerit 
Thomas Bickford 
John Bickford 3d 

his 
Tristram ^ Pinkham 

mark 
John Molouy 
Daniel Young 
Samuel Daniels 
Joseph. Daniels 
William Demerit 
Joseph Lebbey 
Williaxri Gleden 
James Davis 
Samuel Young 
Isaac Twonibly 



James Young 
Jonathan Evens 
John Kielle 
John Hanson 
Ebenezer Varney Jinier 
Israel Hodgdon 
Samuel Davis 
Thomas Davis Junr. 
Moses Wayunoth 
Joseph Hicks 
James Jackson Junr. 
John Huckins 
John Hacking Junr. 
Samuel Chase 
Anthony Jones 
Richard Jones 
James Jackson 
John Demeret Jun. 
Zackriah Pitman 
Coner Pitman 
John Demerit 
Samuel Drew 
Daniel Header 
Benja Eveus 
Zacriah Boody 
Nathiel Tebbets 
DanielEvens 
Jonathan Hanson 
Daniel Cook 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Silas Kan=on 
liicharU Cook 
John Cook 
Hezekiah Cook 
Joseph Young 

his 
Nath W Hanson 

mo rk 
Stephen Hanson 
James Hanson 
Joseph Evens 
Benjamin Evans 
Meshaoh Drew 



Ichabod Caney 
Samuel Davis 
Joseph Twombly 
Paul Twombly 
John Buzzell 
John W'ingetc 
Timothy Perkins 

his 
Will MBuzzel 

mark 
Thomas Evens 
Benjamin Bussell. 



Prov. N. ) In Council October 13 th 1756 
Hamps f read & ordered to be sent to the Hon ble Assembly 

Theo Atkinson Secy. 



Province 

of New 



In the house of Representatives Octob 14 th 1756. 
The within Petition having been read 



Hamb 

Ordered That the Petitioners be heard thereon the fourth day of jthe 
Sitting of the General Assembly nextafterthe first Day of Xovem r Next 
Ensuing & that the Petitioners at their own Cost & Charged cause the 
Selectmen of Dover in said Province to be serv'd with a Copy .of s d 
Peiit'.on & this order of Court thereon to appear & Shew Cause if any 
they have why the prayer thereof should not be granted 

Andrew Ciarkson Clerk 

In Council Eodem die 
read & Concurr'd 

Theo. Atkinson Sec. 



Petition in relation- to bei?ig set off in a separate county. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain General 
Governor & Commande? in chief in £ over his Majesties 
Province of New Hampshire — To the Honourable his 
Majesties Council and to the Hon bk ' House of Representa- 
tives in General Court convened this iz& Day of March 176S 
We the Subscribers being Agents legally appointed by the 
several Towns hereafter mentioned beg leave to present our 
humble Petition unto this Hon 1,1 " Court, and in terms of the 
utmost Deference & respect to shew forth — that as your Excel- 
lency and Honours are about Dividing this Province into Sep- 
erate & distinct Counties your Petitioners in their s d Capacity 
Humbly Hope that as the s d Towns have long since been incor- 
porated and are now become very populous & may reasonably 
be supposed still more to increase and as some of them have 
been indulged with certain Priviledges & Franchises & as the 
adjacent Towns are also settling & greatly improving : Your 
Excellency and Honours will condescend to confirm a Vote of 
this Hon bie Court passed at their last Fall sitting for Dividing 



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TOWN PAPERS — DOVER. iSl 

this Province into three Counties so far as said vote relates to 
these Towns with regard to the boundary Lines only And 
your Petitioners humbly pray y r Excellency and Honours would 
indulge them with a Hearing on this important Subject when 
we presume to Hope we shall otter to this Hon bie Court such 
Reasons as they may Judge sufficient to induce them to grant 
us the Prayer of our Petition ik to set off the s d Towns into a 
distinct & Seperate County with such Towns as were then an- 
nexed in the aforesaid vote And your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound in their said Capacity shall ever pray 

John Gas'e 1 For ' Tho* Wallinaford ) e <.u 

Otis Ba.-cer j Dover Jn° Wentworth J 






Daniel Rosrers ~) John Plumer \ p , . 

Volintine Mathes i ^ , John McDufee / KOCtiebter 

T - h -n -Durham J J 

Jeremi^ Burnum | Paul Haves 1 ^ . , 

JoHh Smith j Samuel Brewster j Barrm S ton 



Petition relating to a Bridge. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esquire Governor and 

Commander in chief in and over his Majesty's Province of 

New Hampshire the Hon ble his Majesty's Council & House 

of Representatives for said Province in General Assembly 

convened the 13th day of November 1770 

The humble Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Dover in said Province Shews 

That the Inhabitants of said Town were divided in senti- 
ment about the place of building a new Bridge over the Co- 
checho River at the Falls and tho' there was a Vote of the 
Town for placing it below the Falls your Petitioners apprehend 
the Vote would not have been pass'd had the meeting been 
general (many persons being then absent in the Woods) or 
cou'd they have obtained a Second fair meeting so that those 
who were for haying the Bridge placed below the Falls pro- 
ceeding on the authority of said Vote have built a Bridge be- 
low and the Place where the old Bridge stood being on an an- 
cient Highway and most convenient for Travellers the Inhab- 
itants who were for having the Bridge there supposed the Town 
to be under a necessity of building one there Also which was 
done in the Course of the last Summer & there are now two 
Bridges at said Falls which your Petitioners apprehend to be 
needless. 

That the lower Bridge is not so convenient for Travellers 
nor so well approved of by them nor can the Town dispense with 
the Duty of maintaining a Bridge above where there has been 
one for near one hundred years past and therefore a Vote for 



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changing or altering and placing a new Bridge so far out of 
the way or at such a Distance from the old place was utterly 
illegal and had it been ever so fairly obtained cou'd not have 
been valid without a greater authority than such a Vote. 

Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly pray that the whole 
proceeding in this Case may be examined by the legislative 
Authority and the following Questions resolved viz whether 
the Town had a right by their Vote to change the place of 
building a Bridge so as to be exempted from building and 
maintaining one where it used to be — Whether their proceedings 
have been fair and legal upon supposition they had a right to 
determine the matter by the agreement of the Town. Whether 
the Bridge below or that above will be of the most general 
Service & best answer the public Good. Whether there is any 
necessity- of maintaining both said Bridges and if not which 
the Town shall be at the expense of building & maintaining 
for the future with such other matters and things as in your 
great Wisdom & goodness you shall find incidental and neces- 
sary to be determined in order to the regular proceeding of 
said Town in making their Rates which is not yet done and 
for the settling peace & good order in said Town and your Pe- 
tioners as in duty bound shall ever pray &c 



Ho'.vd Henderson 
Joseph Clements 
Timothy Clements 
John Cenney 
Timo Robinson Jr 
J no Waldron Jr 
Silas Hanson 
John Waldron 
Xehm Kimball 
Thomas Hanson 
James Varney 
Thos Hanson Jr. 
Ephm Kimball 
William Hussey 
William 
John Kim! -al 
Paul Hasey 
Daniel Vaimey 
Jos Varney Jr 
Tobias Yarney 
Stepheu Varney 
Ephm Wentworth 
Spencer Wentworth 
Reuben Wentworth 
John WhiU-house 
Samuel Ambros 
Tom Heard 
John Heard 
Moses Roberta 
Aaron Roberta 



Joseph Roberts 
Siephn Varney Jr 
John Harford 
Nathan Varney 
Moses Horn 
John Horn 
Wm Robinson 
John Pinkham 
James Chesley 
Paul Kimbal 
William 
Tobias Kimbal 
John Hoyt 
Joshua Varney 
Jacob Sawyer 
Jethro Heard 
John Horn 
Renja Horn 
Zacheus Purinton 
Nathaniel Horn 
Paul Welland 
Elijah Coffin 
Paul Varney 
Daniel Heard 
Thomas Varney 
Eenja Hanson Jr. 
Sarul Varney Jr. 
Solomon Varney 
Jedediah Varney 
John Horn Jun 



TOWN TAPERS — DOVER. 



183 



Issiac Horn 
Tirao Robinson 
Elijah Tattle 
James Tutiie 
William Horn 
Elijah Yarney 
Samuel Rkvker 
Moses Rand 
Ehenezer Horn 
Thomas Goudy 
Joseph Peasley 
Jeremiah Tibbets 
George Young 
Timo Hussey 
Elisha Purinton 
Joseph Wahlroa 
Kicolaa Harford • 
David Rand 
Wiilm Waklron 
Amos Yarney 
Stephen Horn 
George Horn 
William Gage 
Piiinea 3 Richer 



Jonathan Poor 
Daniel 

Thos Shannon 
John Gage 3d 
Jno Yarney Jun. 
Ichabod Yarney 
Isaac Horn Jan. 
John Yarney 
Ebenezer Yarney 
Timothy Yarney 
Richd Waldron 
Richd Kimbal 
Mordecai Yarney 
John 

Josiah Wille 
Thomas Horn 
Samnel Mills 
Daniel Heard 
John Yarney 
Ezra Kimbal 
Samuel 
Ephm Tibbets 
Pusler Downs 



In Council Dec. 14, 1770 

The enclosed Petition read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon' 01 * 

Assembly 

Geo King D, Sec. 

NewBampsMre } In the House of Representatives Dec. 14^ 1770. 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on Wednesday 
the second day of Jan'y next if the General Assembly be then sitting 
and if not then on the third Day of their sitting next after and that they 
serve the Selectmen of Dover with a Copy of this Petition and order of 
Court that they may shew cause why the Prayer thereof should not be 
granted 

M. Weare CI. 
In Council Dec 15, 1770 
Read and concur'd 

Geo. King D. Sec. 
Copy of so much as is legible examined by 

Geo King Dep. Dec. 

Province ot \ In ^ House of Representatives Tan? 16, 1771 
isew Hamp. j r j > 1 1 

The within Petition being Considered. It appearing that there was 

a Town Vote for Building the lower Bridge it is tho't to be just that the 

Charge thereof should be paid by the whole Town — But it appearing 

that the upper Bridge is not usefull for the Publick Wherefore 

, Voted that the said upper Bridge shall hereafter be maintained at the 

charge & Expence of said Town and that the Petitioners have Leave to 

bring in a Bill accordingly 

M. Weare Cler. 

In Council Jan 17, 1771. 

Read & concurr'd 

Geo King D. Sec 






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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Another Petition, relating to Bridges. 

Province of) 
New I lamp j 

To his Excellency the Governor the Honorable his Majestys 
Council and House of Representatives of s' 1 Province May 
it please 

Whereas by misunderstanding & a party Spirit prevailing 
among the Inhabitants of Dover in said Province they have 
built two Bridges over the River one above the other below 
the Cochecho falls in Dover (so called) the one by vote of the 
Town the other by your Petitioners & the dispute running so 
high which shou'cl be the Kings and Countrys Bridge each 
Party strenuously contending for their own they having the 
Town Vote in their favor and we Antiquity & conveniency on 
ours to end or determine which we petitioned your Excellency 
and Honors to say which shall be the established Bridge for 
the use of his Majesty's Subjects which you were pleased to 
determine in our favor which we gratefully acknowledge and 
return our sincere acknowledgements for said favor but by your 
net or determination you enabled the Selectmen of Dover to 
assess the Polls and Estates in said Dover as for other Town 
charges to pay the charge of the lower Bridge which has been 
done and paid and no provision is made by said act or other- 
ways for payment of the established Bridge. We petitioned 
the Selectmen but they deny'd then we petitioned two Justices 
umis Quorum to call a Town meeting of the Inhabitants of 
Dover to see if they would Vote to pay for the building the es- 
tablished Bridge a Meeting was called by said Justices and the 
Town voted in the negative. Therefore we pray you will direct 
& enable the Selectmen of Dover to assess the Polls and Estates 
in the same as for other Town Charges for payment of said 
upper Bridge above the falls on their receiving a true and 
reasonable account of the charge of the same and we as in duty 
bound shall ever pray. Dover 23 d May 1773 Signed by us 
Inhabitants of said Dover. 



John Heard 
Paul Varney 
William Fosa 
Daniel Heard 
Timothy Varney 
Silas Hanson 
Jno Waldron 
John Kimbal 
Ephin Kimbal 
John With on se 
Timothy Roberson Jr. 
Ebenezer Horn 
Nathaniel Horn 
Samuel Ambros 



Daniel Heard Jim. 
John Hayes 
Samuel Kurd 
John Ham 
John Varney 
Richard WaUlron 
Ezra Kimbal 
John Horn 
Thos Hanson 
John Wakiron 
Joseph Roberts 
Stephen Hussey 
Timothy Hu»sey 
Jao Varney Jr. 



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TOWN PAPERS DOV 



185 



Jetliah Vamsy 
Hainan Varney 
Moses Rand 
Ephraim Wentworth 
Reuben Wentworth 
Jonas Goudy 
Elisha Purinton 
Joshua Varney 
Thomas Varney 
Paul Welland 
Stephen Varney 
Jno Conner 
Jethro Heard 
John Waldron 3d 
Paul Hussey 
John Bar ford 
Pen Hanson Junr. 
James Chesley 
Joseph Waldron 



Thos Hanson Jun. 
Nehm Kimbal 
Paul Kimball 
Joseph Peaslee 
Isaac Home 
Isaac Horn Jun. 
William Horn 
Timo Robinson 
Elijah Tuttel 
James Varney 
Ichabod Varney 
Elijah Varney 
Mordeeai Varney 
Moses Roberts 
Timothy Clemens 
John Piukham 
James Tuttle 
Samuel Tuttel 



In Council May 27, 1772 

This Petition was read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon bl - 
Assembly 

Geo. King Dep. Sec' 

Province or W ^ House of Representatives May 27 th 1772 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on the 5 th day of 
June next and that they serve the Selectmen of Dover with a Copy of 
this Petition and order thereon bat if the General Assembly be not then 
sitting then on the third day of their sitinsr next afterwards 

William Parker 

In Council eodem die 

Geo King D. Secy. 
Read and concurd 



Cop j 



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ed by 



Geo King Dep?" Sec^ 



Petition relating to removal of Rocks from Salmon Falls 

river. 
State of 
New Hamp- 
shire. 

To the Honorable the Council and House of Representatives 

of said State. 

The Subscribers hereto r most humbly Shew That for many 
years past a considerable Trade as beneficial to the Commu- 
nity as to Individuals hath been carried on by the people liv- 
ing on what is called Salmon fall River which Trade has ever 
been attended with the greatest Inconveniences on account of 
many very large pointed Rocks which lay scattered in the Bed 
of said River for near a Mile below what is called Quamphe- 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



gau Landing — That all [attempts to raise Money by Subscrip- 
tion or otherways for the purpose of removing said Rocks have 
hitherto proved unsuccessful the charge of that Business hav- 
ing been deemed too heavy to be borne by the few when the 
many were as closely interested — That to the obstructions 
aforesaid your Petitioners conceive it is in part owing that the 
Trade of said River hath lately very much declined but which 
they hope will soon revive on "their removal. 

Your petitioners are anxious as well for the good of the Com- 
munity as for their own private Emolument, to have the said 
Rocks removed, and therefore in a Design so benevolent and 
useful Do pray the aid and Interposition of your Honors so far 
only as to enable them to raise by a Lottery about five hundred 
pounds which sum- with what they can furnish in Labour and 
material they apprehend will be sufficient to effect the above 
purpose — And as in duty bound your Petitioners will ever 
pray &c 



Feb. 33 d 1779 



Jacob Shorey 
Elip Randall 
Jedediah Goodwin 
Samuel Bracket 
James Bracket 
James Itoberts 
Kumph rey Cfaadbo a ru 
Stephen Hodsden 
S. Hill 

Jacob Lord Jr. 
Gilbert Warren 
Aaron Stackpole 
Humph. Chadbourn 3d 
Ebeuezer Lord 
Joshua Grant 
John Hamilton 
Jno Stanley Jr 
Samuel Kicker 
Isaac Morrill 
Joseph Fogg 
Paul Lord 
Nathan Lord Jan. 
Icnabod Goodwin Jr. 
Dominicus Goodwin 
Jona C. Cluidbourne 
Joseph Pray Jr. 
Samuel Butler 

Nathaniel ? 

Jonathan Tebbets 
Thomas Butler 
Clark Garrish 
Kobt Twombly 
Moses Carr 
Benja Warren 
John Roberts 



Zacheu3 Varney 
Ebeuezer Kicker 
John Tebbets 
Jacob Quimfey 
Benja Qnrmby 
William Chadwick 
Daniel Tike 
Robert Rogers 
Danl Woods 
John Tucker 
Alexander Gerrish 
John Haggena 
Wm Rogers 
Joseph Prime 
Jona Hamilton Jr. 
Nathan Lord 
DanI Haggena 
William Beamy 
P. C. Hart? 
J. Brackett 
Thomas Sheafe 
Joseph Simes 
Rich Champney 
Saml Sherburne 
Jeremiah Libley 
Mark Nelson 
John Noble 
Jonathan Varney 
John Cutts 
George Dame 
Jeremiah Hill 
Sain I Cutts 
Tobias Walker 
Stephen Baul 
I. Rollins 



TOWN PAPERS — DORCHESTER. 1S7 



Thn= w> Waldron Thomas Shannon 

Geo Waldron 



DORCHESTER. 



Petit iofi for extension of time to ?nake their settlemejit. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General 

Governor & Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys 

Province of New Hampshire in Council 

The Petition of John House of Hanover in the County of 
Grafton in trie Province aforesaid Esqr. in behalf of Himself & 
the Proprietors of the Township of Dorchester in the Said 
County of Grafton unto your Excellency & the Hon ble Council 
humbly Skews 

That by Reason of the many Difficulties attending the Set- 
tlement of Xew Townships y r Petitioners have not been able 
to perform the Selling Duties required by Charter, That there 
are Several families new setled there and more soon- to remove 
that they have cutt a Road & laid out most of the Township, 
and are in hopes of Performing the Setling Duties if your 
Excell ' :y & Honours will indulge them with an extension of 
the Time for making their Settlement. Wherefore your Peti- 
tioners humbly prays y r Excellency & Honours Favours to 
them in granting them such further Time for Setling as in your 
wisdom you may think proper And your Petitioners beg Leave 
to assure y r Excell'' & Honours that they will be Solicitously 
attentive to fulfill their Duties required by the Charter of s d 
Township and as in Duty bound y" Petitioners will ever pray 

John House. 

Ports mo Dec. 3 1 1771. 



Petition for a new Charter. 

[New Charter was granted May 1, 1772. Ed.] 
Province V 
of New Hamp j 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Governor and Com- 
mander in Chief of said Province in Council — 

The Memorial of John House And his Associates humbly 
sheweth. 

That your Memorialists having lately prefer' d a petition for 
aii Extension of the Charter of the Township of Dorchester 



iSS NEW HAMPSHIRE 

now under forfeiture which Extension they since find will be 
attended with insuperable Difficulty's, as many of the late pro- 
prietors will neither prosecute their Settlements nor be per- 
suaded to pay their necessary Taxes. 

Your Memorialists are now desirous of withdrawing the said 
Petition 8c wou'd pray y r Excellency & Honours that they may 
be favor' d with a new Charter of said Township engaging to 
admit with them all Such of the late proprietors as will ap- 
pear to do the necessary Dutys And immediately to bring into 
said Township a Number of good Settlers — to clear the Road 
thro' the Same leading to' the College & comply with every 
other Condition or Reservation which your Excellency & Hon- 
ors may seem meet to direct — and your Memorialists as in duty 



f Ua,-,«J cl-,,11 ~,.„,- ..•,.„„ 



bound shall e r pray 

John House 

his associates 



John House For himself & 



Portsmouth 28 th april 1772. 



I 

DUBLIN. I 

[Originally called Monadnock, No. 3, was granted November 3, 1749. 
Ed.] 

Petition to be incorporated into a Township. 

Province of 1 ' 1 

New Hampshire j" 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain General 
Governor and Commander in chief in and over his Majes- 
ty's Province of New Hampshire aforesaid & Vice admiral 
of the same. In Council. 

The Petition of Josiah YYillard J r agent for and in behalf of 
the Inhabitants and Settlers of a Tract of Land in said Prov- 
ince commonly called Sc known by the name of Dublin (or 
Monadnock No. 3) Humbly Sheweth 

That your petitioner is Impowered and authorized to inform 
your Excellency that the Said Dublin is rated among the Towns 
and Parishes in this Province for the prov ce Tax and that the 
said place is not legally qualified to raise and collect the said 
Taxes whereby they may be construed delinquents if the same 
should be omitted : He also begs leave to suggest to your Ex- 
cellency that the said Dublin is presumed to be sufficiently in- § 
habited and convenient for Incorporation He therefore humbly 1 
Prays in behalf of his Constituents as afores' 1 . That tiley may- 
be erected and Incorporated into a Township and that they 



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TOW>' PAPERS — DUXEARTOX. 1S9 

may be invested with the priviledges and powers usually en- 
joyed by Towns in this Province. The power given your pef 
with the several signers, being herewith presented, and your 
petitioner in his said Capacity will ever pray &c. 

JOSIAH WlLLARD Jr. 

Portsm 25 th March 1 77 1 . 



DUXBARTON. 



[This town was formerly called Starks-Town, and was incorporated 
10 August, 1765. Ed.] 

Petition of Cafit. Caleb Page of Siarksto~£7i. 

Prov of X 

N. Hamp. j 

To his Excellency B. W. Esq. Govern r & Command 1 " in Chieffe 
in and over s' ; Province & to his Maj ;y Council & General 
Assembly. 

Humbly sheweth Caleb Page in behalf of himself c\: other 
the Inhabitants of a Place called Starks Town in this Prov- 
ince that by order of the General assembly he was Directed by 
a particular Warrant from the Treasurer of the Prov-'" to assess 
a Certain Sum from the Petitioners as Inhabitants of Starks 
Town afores 1 and also the Petitioner received at the same Time 
one other Precept Directed to the Select Men of Starks Town 
for the assessing & Collecting the Pr' Tax for ths Curr year. 
The Warr" Directed to your Petitioner for arrears 01 the Pr v 
Tax for former years in these affairs your Petitioner begs Leave 
to Inform your Excellency & Hon 1 ' 3 that the Inhabitants are by 
no means able to Pay such sums & that if their ability was 
equal to the Demand they are in no Capacity to assess the In- 
habitants as they are not incorporated nor Entitled in any way 
to Town Priviledges therefore Prays to be admitted to explain 
before your Excellency & Hon rs the Precise Circumstances & 
Condition of the s ! Inhabitants & your Petitioner as in Duty 
Bound shall ever Pray. 

Caleb Page. 

Province of } In the house of Representatives Dec r "j lh 1763 
New Hampshire /This Petition being read 

Voted That Col Sam 1 Barr & Col John Goife Esqr s be k they are 
hereby appointed to take an acco' of all the Polls and Rateable Estate 
In said Town vX make Report to the Gen 1 Assembly as soon as may be 
under oath 

• A. Clarkson Clerk. 



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I9O - NEW HAMPSHIRE 

iProvince of \ In Council December 7 th 1763 
New Hamps. J Read »5c Concurr'd 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secy. 

N ° V H C nl } In the house of Representatives May 4 th 1764 

The Committee appointed to take an Inventory of Starks town made 
their Report yesterd ty which Report is on file and 
Voted That the petition be Dismissed 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council May 5 th 1764 
read & Concurr'u 
i T. Atkinson Tun. SecT 

I 

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Petition in relation to a school lot. 

Province of > 
New Hamp. / 1 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain general j 

governor & commander in chief in & over his Majestys prov- 
ince of New Hampshire and the honourable his majestys coun- 
ciil & house of Representatives for said Province. The peti- 
tion of James Stinson of Dumbarton in said province most 
humbly Sheweth that the Inhabitants of said Dumbarton at a 
legal meeting for that purpose on the 25 th day of October 1773 
voted that this petitioner should have the school lot in said 
town which is the lot number twelve in the fourth range in ex- 
change for fifty acres of the easterly end of the lot number 
eleven in the third range and the half off the easterly end 
of the lot number twelve in the same range. Wherefore as it 
is thought said exchange would accommodate the School in 
said town as well as the petitioner — The petitioner therefore 
prays your Excellency & Honours by a resolve or act of As- 
sembly for that purpose would confirm said town vote and 
your petitioner as in Duty bound shall pray &c 

Sam. Livermore, for the petitioner. 

January 11 th 1774. 
In Council Jan? iS, 1774 

Read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon bls Assembly 

Geo King D. Secy. 

Province of \ j h H f R epresent . T an y 18 1774 

New Hampshire] v J "*//* 

Voted that the Prayer of this Petition be granted & that the Petition- 
ers have leave to bring in a Resoive accordingly 

William Parker Cler assembly 
In Council eodem die 
Read and concur'd 

Geo King D. Sec>'. 

At a Leaugel Meeting of the Inhabitants of the town o fDunbarton 

assembled October y e 25^ 1773 And Voted that James Stinson Should 

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have tlic School Lote in said town which is the Lote N° twelve in the 
fourth Range in Exchange for fifty acres off the Easterly end of the 
Lote N" Eleven third Range and the half off said Easterly End of N° 
twelve in said Ranse 
A true -Coppy Attest W m Stark P. C. 



Resolve to exchange the School Lot in Dunbarton. 

Province or Vj theHouse of Representatives Tan? 20* 1774 
IS ew Lamps, j * J //T 

Upon reading the Petition of James Stinson of Dunbarton in this 
Province praying that the said Town of Dunbarton might be Impow- 
ered to carry into Execution a certain vote of said Town viz : that he 
the said James Stinson should have the School Lot which is the Lot 
Number Twelve in the fourth Range of Lots in said Town in Exchange 
for Fifty Acres off the Easterly end of the Lot Number Eleven in the 
third Range and the half off the Easterly end of the Lot Number 
Twelve in said third Range. All which having been heard and con- 
sidered and it appearing that said Exchange will be for the Advantage 
of both Parties — Therefore it is Resolved & Voted That upon the said 
James Stinsons making and executing to the Selectmen for the use of 
the Town of Dunbarton aforesaid a good and valid Deed of the afore- 
said Fifty acres off the East end of the Lot Number Eleven in the third 
Range and the half of the Lot Nura 1 ' Twelve in said third Range for 
the uses and purpose of supporting a school in said Dunbarton forever. 
That then the said Town of Dunbarton be and hereby are Irapowered 
to appoint some Person or Persons to make and Execute to him the said 
James Stinson his heirs and assigns forever a Good & Valid Deed of the 
aforesaid Let Number Twelve in the Fourth Range which deed shall be 
esteemed good & authentic to all Intents and purposes 

J. Wentworth, Speaker. 
In Council Jan- V 25. 1774 
Read and concurd 

Geo King D. Sec^ 
Consented 

J. We>-tworth 



Petition of Caleb Page relating to school Lot. 

Province ofT 
New Ha rap j 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Governor in chief 
in & over said Province The Honourable Council and Flouse 
of Representatives in General Assembly convened. May 



II th *774 



The Humble Petition of Caleb Page of Dunbarton in the 
County of Hillsborough Gentleman in behalf of himself and a 
number of the Inhabitants & Freeholders of said Dunbarton 
Sheweth That when the Lands in said Town were allotted, 
Lot number nine in the third Range was laid out for the use of 
the School forever. Afterwards on the Tenth Day of June 
1761 the Proprietors of said Dunbarton voted to exchange the 



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Schoot Lot with William Stark of said Dumbarton if he would 
purchase Lot number twelve in the fourth Range for the use of 
the School. Which Lot number twelve the said Stark after- 
wards purchased for his ozvn use, but hath never conveyed the 
same for the use of the school according to the Condition ot 
said Vote. Afterwards at a suppos'd Meeting of the Inhab- 
itants of Dunbarton afores d (which meeting was called within 
Six Days after the Warrant therefor issued and the same War- 
rant put up in a very private Place) it was voted by a few of 
the Inhabitants that James Stinson of said Dunbarton should 
have the Lot Number Twelve called the School Lot in Ex- 
change for lift}' acres off the Easterly, End of Lot Number 
Eleven In the third Range and the half 'of said Easterly End 
of Lot Number Twelve in the same Range In Consequence 
of which Vote obtained in an unfair and private manner The 
said Stinson petitioned your Excellency and Honors setting 
forth the purport of the same vote and that an Exchange of 
said Lots would be a mutual Benefit. Wherefore your Excel- 
lency and Honors Resolved that upon the said Stinson' s making 
iand Executing to the Selectmen for the use of the Town of 
Dunbarton afores'' a Deed of the afores' 1 fifty acres of the east- 
erly End of the Lot Number Eleven in the third Range and 
half of Lot Number Twelve in the same Range for the use and 
support of a school in said Dunbarton forever, that then the 
Town afores l should be empowered to appoint some person or 
Persons to make to said Stinson his Heirs and Assigns forever 
a good and valid Deed of the said Lot Number Twelve in the 
fourth Range Since which said Resolve the Inhabitants of 
said Town have at two legal Meetings voted not to ; exchange 
said Lot N 12 as they apprehend they have no legal Title to 
the same but that the Lot number nine in the third Range re- 
main the School Lot in said Town as it was laid originally for 
that purpose and that if they were Owners of the Lot Number 
twelve in the third Range called the School Lot would not ex- 
change the same because it is much better situated and of double 
the Value of the Land proposed to be given by said Stinson in 
exchange. But as every Method is and hath been taken to per- 
suade and terrify the People of said Dunbarton to vote in ex- 
change of said Lot agreeable to said Resolve whereby the 
Peace of the Town hath been much disturbed and if the In- 
habitants should make a Deed thereof to said Stinson they 
must necessarily expose themselves to a suit. Wherefore your 
Petitioner humbly prays that the same Resolve may be made 
null and void that an order may be passed hereon to stop any 
further Proceedings upon the same Resolve untill your Excel- 
lency's and Honors final order herein and your Petitioner as in 
Duty bound will ever pray &c. 

Caleb Page. 



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Province of) In Council May I2 t!l 1774 

New Hainp / This Petition was read X, ordered to be sent down to the 
Hon b!e Assembly 

Geo King D, Sec^ 
Province of) In the House of Representatives May 12 th 1774 
New Harap j The foregoing Petition being Read. 

Voted That the Petitioner be heard on this Petition on the Second 
Day of the Siting of the General Assembly next after the tenth day of 
June next and that the Petitioner Serve the Selectmen of Dunbarton and 
James Scinson named in this Petition with a Copy of this Petition and 
Order that they may have Opportunity to Shew Cause why the Prayer 
of the Petition Should not be Granted, and further Voted That all Pro- 
ceedings on the Resolve mentioned in this Petition be stayed in the 
mean time. 

M. Weare Cl r 
In Council May I3 tb 1774. 
Read ic concurd 

Geo King D SecT. 






DUNSTABLE. 

[This town was granted and settled under the authority of Massachu- 
setts and remained under that Government until the divisional line be- 
tween New Hampshire and Massachusetts was established in 1741. The 
original grant embraced a large tract of territory, including Dunstable 
in Massachusetts, parts of the towns of Tyngsborough, Ms., Hollis, 
Hudson, Litchfield and Merrimack in New Hampshire. The name of 
the town was changed to Nashua by an act of the Legislature, which 
passed 8 December, 1S36. The date of its incorporation by New Hamp- 
shire is 1 April, 1746. Ed.] 

Petition of Su::dry Inhabitants of Pine Hill, Dunstable. 

Province oO 
New Hamp / 

We the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Westerly part of Dun- 
stable called Pine Hill, Have Bought the Several Places or 
Farms that we now Possess, Since the Said Inhabitance Peti- 
tioned His Exc 7 &c to be annexed to Holies and the Several 
Persons we Bought of Sign'd said Petition, which Petition we 
humbly pray may be granted (as we expected it would be) 
when we purchased our Farms 

Joseph Taylor 

Dunstable Nov. y e 22 d 1763 James Hill 

James Taylor 

Aj3RH m KEYZER 

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Extract front the Votes of a town meeting in Dunstahle. 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable in the 
Province of New Hamp r Regularly Assembled on monday y e 5 th of 
December 1763 

An extract from the Vote of said meeting. Whereas John Willoughby 
Benj a Parker. Elnathan Blood amos Philips Jonathan Hubbard Ger- 
shom Hubbard & Daniel more Complain that they have no Benefit of 
the money they pay for Preaching in this Town by Reason of the Dis- 
tance they live from the meeting House Therefore Voted that they be 
released from Paying any money that shall be raised for Preaching in 
this Town for Three years from this day for their polls & Estates if they 
continue to own their Real Estate where they now live Except the Town 
should move the meeting house to the Center of travel & Provided they 
attend M r Emersons ministry at' Holies during said Term 

Copy from Dunstable Record, 

Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 
Exam* &c 

Dunstable Dec. 6 1763. 



Petitio?i of inhabitants of West Parish of Dunstable for a 

garrison and men. 
Province of > 
New Hamps. J 

Dunstable June iS' h 1744. 
Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants of the West Parash in the District 
of Dunstable do hereby authorize vS: desire M r James Stewart in our 
Names and Behalf £q make proper application to the Governmarit of 
New Hampshire Setting forth our being Situated on the Frontier and 
Exposed to the Enemy and the Necessity we are in of a Guard & pray 
for a Sutable & Seasonable Relef thare Viz : at meeting of the Innab- 
itance of the west in Dunstable Regularly assembled and Voted & chose 
Samuel Cumings moderator. Voted & chose James Stewart to Repre- 
sent the parish at New Hampshire 
Voted to Request six garrisons and five and twenty soldiers. 



Capt. Peter Powrs 
Lieut Benj- Farley 
Ens. Jerathmeil Comings 
Samuel Comings 
Joshua Wight 

[ames ? 

Peter ? 

Stephen Haris 
Stephen Hasaltine 
David Nevens 
Samuel Farley 
James Stewart 
Jonathan Danford 
Josiah Brown 
John Brown 
Nathaniel Blood 
Samuel Parker 
Benj- 1 Blanchard 
Benj* Blanchard Jun. 
Nichlas French 
Jonathan Lougey 
Benj l Parker 
Amos Philips 



Josiah Hobard 
Will" 1 Hartwell 

Thomas Peck 
Will" 1 Colburn 
Thomas Neuens 
Daniel Wooster 
John Boyntn Jun r 
Henerv Bonton 
Will"' Blanchard 
Zerubable Kemp 
Will"' Adams 
John Phelps 
Elathen Blood 
Josiah Blood 
Joseph Chesiey 
Stephen AmsJ 
Moses Procter 
Joseph McDaniels 
fames McDaniels 

■ ? McDaniels 

Jonathan Melnan 
Enoch Hunt 
Daniel Emerson 



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Petition for -protection against Indians. 
To his Excellency Benning Wcntworth Esq r Capt. General 
and Governor in chief in & over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire in New England — The Honourable the 
Council & House of Representatives in General Court con- 
vened, 

The Memorial and Petition of James Stuart in the Name 
and behalf of the Inhabitants of the West Parish and District 
of Dunstable in the said Province Humbly Sheweth the said 
Parish has been Settled by his Majesties Subjects about four- 
teen years and a Gospell Minister ordained above a year that 
the Settlers had an Eye at enlarging his Majesties Dominions 
by going into the Wilderness as well as at their own Interest 
that many Thousand of pounds has been spent in clearing and 
cultivating the Land there and some thousands more in build- 
ing houses Barns Sc fences the breaking up of which Settle- 
ment will not only ruin the Memorialists but greatly diserve 
his majesties Interest by encouraging his Enemies to encroach 
on his diserted Settlements and be also hurtfull to the Province I 

by contracting its borders and drawing the war nearer the 
Capital 

That it was by a long and Importunate Intercession of this 
Province (and not of the Memorialists seeking) that they are 
cast under the immediate care of this Government which they 
conceive gives them so much the better right to its protection 
that as war is already declared against France and a Rupture 
with the Indians hourly expected your Memorialist unless they 
have spedy help will be soon oblidged to forsake their Settle- 
ments how Discervic.able soever It May be to the Crown Dis- 
honourable to the Government hurtfull to the Province and ruin- 
ous to themselves 

Wherefore your Memorialists Most humbly supplicate your 
Exelency the Honourable Council & House of Representatives 
to take the Premises into your wise & mature consideration 
and to grant them such Seasonable Relief as May Enable them 
to Subsist in the War & secure against the Ravage & Devasta- 
tions of a blood thirsty & Merciless Enemy and your Memo- 
rialists as in duty bound will ever pray. 

James Stewart. 
Dated att Portsmouth 
June y* 22, 1744. 






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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition in relation to a certain tract of la?id. 



. — 

Indian Deed. 

To all People to whom these Presents shall come Greeting. Know 
v e that we Nimrod alias Ohkohhan Son of Robin Indian and Wunnun- 
togin Son of Pahphomo-hammunt Indian and John, Indian alias Jah- 
kananunguiss son of wassarmemit, now Inhabitants of Naamcock on 
Merrimack River near Patucket, for and in consideration of a valuable 
sum of .money to us and to each of us well and truly paid by the Select- 
men of Charlestown in the behalf of their Town, the receipt whereof 
we do by these presents acknowledge and therewith to be fully Satis- 
fied contented and paid and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof 
do fully clearly and absolutely acquit release and discharge the said Se- 
lectmen and Town of Charlestown their heir.- and assigns forever by 
these presents have granted bargained and sold aliened enfeoffe' 1 and con- 
firmed and by these presents do fully clearly and absolutely grant bar- 
gain and sell alien enfeotTe and confirm unto the said Selectmen and 
Town of Charlestown one parcel of Land containing by estimation one 



To his Excellency Bening Wentworth Esqr. GovernourcSuCom- 
ander in Chief in & over his Majesty's province of New 
Hampshire in New England, and to the Hono Me his Majes- 
ty's Council for said Province 

Humbly Shew the Inhabitants of the Town of Charlestown 
in the County of Middlesex in the province of the Massachu- 
setts Bay That in the Year Sixteen hundred and Sixty by Ver- 
tue of an order of the Generall Court of the Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay. There was laid out a Tract of Land on the 
western Side of Merrimack 'River for .the use of the School of 
Charlestown aforesaid Containing One Thousand Acres More 
or Less at a place Call'd by the Indians Souhaganack and 
within the Bounds of old Dunstable a Coppy of which Laying \ 

Out and the Bounds thereof is hereunto annext. That in the 
Year Sixteen hundred & Seventy one The Town of Charles- 
town obtained a Deed for the Same Land from three Indians 
Then Inhabitants near Merrimack River a Coppy of which 
Deed is Also hereunto Annext. That by the late Burning of 
the Boundary line Between the province of the Massachusetts 
Bay ancl Xew Hampshire the Said Tract of Land falls within 
the province of New Hampshire 

Wherefore the s' 1 Inhabitantspray your Excellency and Hon- 
ours That when you shall be pleased to Take L T nder Consider- 
ation the making any Grants of Confirmation the Said Tract 
of Land may be Confirmed to the Proprietors or at least no 
ways Infringed Upon by any New Grants that the Proprietors 
May be held in their Just Rights that the Needless Expence of 
Law Suits may be prevented and Your petitioner as In Duty 
Bound Shall ever pray &c 

John Foye In the be- 
Aug. 4, 1742. half of the said Inhabitants 



TOWN PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 197 

thousand acres, be it more or less, situate lying and being within the 
bounds and limits of Soughgenuck land lying near the upper end of the 
Second great Interval and on the South side the said River beginning 
at a great hill called Dram-cup-hill and so extending down the river 
about two miles and so to Iv in every respect and particular according 
to the record of said thousand acres (abiding yet on file in the County 
records) granted by the hon ble General Court of the Massachusetts to the 
School of Charlestown. To have and to hold the above granted and 
bargained premises and every part and parcel thereof with all the priv- 
ileges and appurtenances to the same appertaining or in any wise be- 
longing both upland Meadow Interval-land Swamps Rivers, Brooks 
broke up land fishin«;p}aces with all the benefits profits and. Commodities 
1 tfftftf? same to tbesafclTown and school of Charles town and Selectmen 
thereof and to their heirs and assigns forever and to their and their only 
proper use and behoof and we the said Nimrod alias Tash-kobham Wun- 
nuntogift and John alias Pakana-nunguiss for us and each of us our 
heirs administrators and assigns forever do covenant promise and grant 
to and with the said Town and Selectmen of Charlestown for the time 
being and so from time to time that we the said [Indians] (i) now are 
and of ancient times have been by our forefathers and near Relations 
the proper and true owners of the aforesaid Land, according to the best 
title that any Indians can claim, and that we have (And hereafter shall 
be ready the likes to do in case of need) made out our just right and 
title therein and thereto and that wee have good right full power and 
lawful authority to grant bargain and sell all Indian right Title ?nd In- 
terest therein or thereto unto the Said Selectmen and Town of Charles- 
town and that they the said Selectmen and Town of Charlestown shall 
and may at all times and from time to time forever hereafter quietly and 
peaceably have hold occupy possess and enjoy the above granted and 
bargained premises with all the profits and Commodities privileges and 
appurtenances to the same appertaining or in any wise belonging as 
aforesaid without the lawful Lett hindrance trouble molestation or de- 
nial of us the said [Indians] or either of us our heirs Executors Ad- 
ministrators or assigns of us or either of us or of any of them or of any 
other person or persons whatsoever lawfully claiming and having any 
Indian Right Title or Interest therein or thereto by from or under us or 
either of us or by any other ways or means whatsoever. In witness 
whereof we the said [Indians] have hereunto set our hands and seals 
this fourteen day of July in the year of our Lord God one thousand six 
hundred and seventy one. Nimrod alias Tash ^* kohan, his mark and 

(1) Names as before. Ed. 

a seal Pakanun x guiss his Mark and a seal Wunnuntogin X his Mark 
and a seal. Read, signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us 
Joseph Whiting, Eleazar, Monoquasson Jacob alias Patatuck X his 
mark Jonathan Danforth. 

July 15, 1671. Wunnuntogin and Pakana-nenguiss Indians late of 
Natakuck now of Wamesit freely acknowledged this writing to be their 
act and Deed. Daniel Gookin Assistant. 

July 15, 1671 Nimrod Alias Tashkohhan acknowledged this Instru- 
ment to be his act and Deed before me. Edw 1 Tyng Assiss 1 

Charlestown Octo br 8 :u 1695. Entred by Sam ! Phipps Record 1- Copy 
from the Registry of Deeds for middlesex Book 10, page 425-6 

Examd. by 

Fras. Foxcraft Ree r 



At a Second Sessions of the General Court held at Boston y e 16 th of 
October 1660 



I9S NEW HAMPSHIRE 



By Virtue of an Order of the General 1 Court laid out for the use of 
the School of Charlestown, One Thousand Acres of Land more or 
Le>.s in the Wilderness on the Western Side of Merrernacke River at a 
place comonly called by the Indians Souhaganucke beginning at the 
foot of a great hill and so extending Eastward about Two Miles down 
the said River &c bounded with the River North and by Land laid out 
for Mrs. Anna Cole on the East. The Wilderness elsewhere Sur- 
rounding according to marked Trees all which are Sufficiently bounded 
with C. and is more fully Demonstrated by a Plat taken of the same by 

Jonathan Danforth Surveyor 

The Court doth allow and approve of this Return 

A true Copy as of Record 

Attest J. Willard Secy 



Petition in relation to conflicting town meetings. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Capt. General 
Governor & Commander in Chief in & over His majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire the Hon ble His majestys Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives for said Province in General 
Assembly convened the 10 th Day of May 174S 
The Humble Petition of Joseph Blanchard of Dunstable in 
said Province in behalf of himself 8c other Freeholders & In- 
habitants of the said Town Shews 

That on the 13 th Day' of March last past the Selectmen of 
Dunstable afores d Issued a Warrant Directed to the Constable 
of said Town Requiring - him to Warn all the Inhabitants of 
said Town wdio were Qualified to Vote in the choice of Town 
officers to meet the 30 tb Day of the same month to chuse Town 
officers for the Current Year. &c. That the Inhabitants of the 
said Town accordinsdv met & after some Debate Concerning 
the Qualifications of Voters in such affairs they proceeded to 
the Business of the meeting & fifty three then assembled wdio 
were Qualified according to the Laws by which they had here- 
tofore been Govern'd who Divided into two parties thirty six 
in one & Seventeen in the other 8c each chose a moderator 
Select men 8c all other Town officers who are all sworn to the 
faithful Discharge of their Respective Offices whereby there 
are two or a Double set of officers for every office in the said 
Town the Evident Consequence of which is the utmost con- 
fusion — That there is an absolute necessity for Officers in the 
said Town Legally chosen & Qualified whose Authority there 
may be no Just Grounds to Dispute as well with Regard to § 

the Province taxes as to those matters 8c things which more 
Immediately Concern the Town the Decision of which in the 
Common Course of the Law would be both tedious 8c Expen- 
sive and not answer the Exigencies of the Town. That these 
Inconveniences to the said Town are in a srreat measure owin^ 



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TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 199 

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to their particular Circumstances being but Lately Incorpor- 
ated can have no Custom to Govern their proceedings in such 
cases And to the Defect of the Province Laws Relating here- 
unto. For your Petitioner cannot find there is any Law of 
this Province that Determines the Qualifications of Voters in 
such Town meetings for the Choice of Town Officers the only 
Law that Relates to that matter Says That the Free holders & 
other Inhabitants of Each Town Ratable at twenty Pounds 
Estate to one Single Rate besides the Poll &c. Shall Vote 
But there being no Law that Distinguishes what Estate is Rata- 
ble and what is not (which yet the very Term Ratable Estate 
supposes) the Directions of this Law in this case are lutirely 
useless 

That it would greatly Contribute to the Peace and Dispatch 
of such meetings if the Law was Express & Clear -who should 
Govern them till a moderator is fairly chosen for in matters of 
Importance & when the People are Divided every man having 
an Equal Right to Govern they dispute as hotly about that as 
any matter they have to do In which point the Law is Intirely 
Silent and with Respect to Towns newly Erected no customs 
can have Existence (as was before hinted) But such as can 
have no operation that Such Places Especially must Labour 
under Insuperable Difficulties unless aided by the General 
assembly or the Standing General laws of the Province in 
this Particular amended 

Wherefore your Petitioner most Humbly Prays that the 
Premises may be consider'd with all Convenient Dispatch — 
That the Choice made by the majority of the Votes afores d 
may be confirmed and declared valid or that the whole pro- 
ceedings may be nullified and a new meeting called under the 
Direction of the General assembly — and some Law Enacted 
that may Prevent the like Inconveniences for the future. And 
your Petitioner as in Duty Bound shall ever Pray &c 

Joseph Blanch ard. 

In Council May 17, 174S 

read Sz ordered to be sent down 
to y 8 Hon bie House 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 

Httt V g >In the House of Representatives 17 th May 174S 

Voted that y* Petitioner be heard on this Petition y e next Thursday 
come seven night & that he (at his own cost) serve both sets of Select- 
men & both Town Clerks that were chosen on s a thirtieth 01" March 
with a copy of this Petition & this order of Court between this Day & 
y e next Fryday night that they may shew cause if any they have why 
y 6 Praver of y Petition should not be granted 

D. Pierce Cik 



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20O NEW HAMPSHIRE 

In Council Eodem Die 
read & Concurred 

Theo Atkinson Secy 
Eodem Die 

Assented to 

B. Wentworth. 

May 26* 174S 
Voted That y e whole Proceedings of y e Town of Dunstable at their 
meeting on y e thirtieth of March last be nullified i: made void and it 
is hereby order'd that a meeting be held by the Freeholders & Inhabi- 
tants of s d Town of Dunstable qualified to vote as is herein after men- 
tioned on the third Wednesday of June next at ten o'clock in y* fore- 
noon at y e meeting House in s d Dunstable to choose a Town Clerk 
Selectmen & all other Town officers as Law Directs which meeting 
shall be warned by posting up a Copy of this order of Court attested 
by y* Secretary at two pu'biick Houses in s d Town ten Days at least be- 
fore y* Time appointed for holding s d meeting and Capt Thomas Cole- 
burn of»Nottingham "West is hereby appointed to be the moderator of 
s d meeting Sc to be paid for his Trouble therein by said Town of Dun- 
stable and it is resolved that all Freeholders being Inhabitants & all 
other inhabitants ratable at twenty Pounds Estate according to y* last 
year's Invoice of s d Dunstable have a Right to Vote at s d meeting & 
that y e Petitioners have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

D. Pierce Cl r 
In Council May 2^ Va 174S 
read & concurr'd 

Theod, Atkinson Secy 
Eodem Die 

Assented to 

B. Wentworth 

In Council May 27 th 1748 

read & non concurrd and Voted that the Several Votes Past at the 
meeting within mentioned of which Magr. Zacheus Lovwell was mod- 
erator be & hereby are ratifyed & Confirmed & that the respective 
officers ellected at the said meeting be Deemed the Lawfull officers of 
the town for the year Insueing & that the other meeting mentioned 
above, held in s d Town at the same time of which Mr. Jonathan Lov- 
well was chosen clerk and all the votes actions & Transactions thereof 
be & hereby are made Void & of none Effect and Tis hereby further 
order'd &: Directed that all Parties in the s d Town conform themselves 
accordingly 

The Atkinson Sec? 

Sent down for Concurrence 

X t r Z' ° r^ n the House of Representatives 27 th May 1748 
rsew Hamp j r ' J yT 

Voted That the foregoing Vote of the Hon. Council be nonconcur'd 

Sz that v* House adhere to their former Vote 

D. Pierce Cl r 



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Petition for dividing the Province into Counties. 



201 



To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Govt. &c. the 

& House of Representatives in 
Portsmouth y c 9 th day of Apr. 



Hon ble his Maiestys Council 



Gen 1 Assembly Conveined. 

1754- 

Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Province of New 
Hamp r on the West side of Merrymack River Would most 
Humbly Remonstrate That the Extent of the Settlements of 
this Province is upward of One Hundred Miles Westward 
from Portsmouth the Place where all the Courts in the Prov- 
ince are held. 

That the Great Difficulties of Travill & Expence to and 
from the Court on all County Emergencys Lays the Western 
Inhabit* 1 * under Insuperable Difficulty's as well as Occasions 
Great ctetay to the Partys & Jurors whose Business Calls them 
to the Courts of Judicatory to the Great Impoverishing of the 
Government. That wee Humbly apprehend that these Griev- 
ances might be in Some Good measure Redressed by Dividing 
the Government Into two Countys and will be a means ot a 
Great Increase of Inhabitants & Improvements in the western 
parts of this Province 

Wherefore your Petitioners most Humbly Pray That your 
Excellency, & Hon rs would take the Premises into Considera- 
tion & Grant Relief by Dividing the Province into two Countys 
by such a Dividing Line & with Such Powers and authority s 
as in your Great Wisdom you shall Judge Convenient and 
your Pet rs as in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray. 

Oliver Woods 



Joseph Bianchard 
Zach' Lovewell 
Thomas Harwood 
Jonathan French 
William Cox 
George Lyons 
Nath 1 ' Perkins 
Edward Cox 
Samson French 
Eleazer Fanvell 
John Saris 
Zach 3 Lovewell jun. 
Benjamin French 
Joseph French 
Joseph Eayrs 
Samuell French 
Charles Cox 
Winkall Wright 
James Jewit 
David Clemons 
William Lund 
Henry Parker 
Samuel Kenney 
Thomas Lund 



Jonathan Lund 
John Huston 
Medad Combs 
Chads Butterfieid 
Isaac Powers 
Jonathan Powers Jun 
John Snow 

John Roberson 
James Sawyer 
John Honey 
William Harris 
Tho' Kellecut 
Jonathan Powers 
Samuell Perham 
Giddon Honey 
Jonathan Combs 
James Taylor 
William Lancey 
John Butterfieid 
John Alld 
Thomas Butte rfeld 
John Butterfeld Jun. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



John AIM Jun 
Thomas Lancey 
James Combs 
Nehemiah Lovewell 
Ephraim Lund 
John Pirkin.? 
Ephraim Butterfeld 
Thomas Mane 
Ephraim Butterfeld Jr. 
Stephen Butterfeld 
Jeems Herwood 
John Herwood . 
Jeams Herwood Jun. 
William Blanchard 
John Phelps 
Amos Phi-Hips .- 
Jonathan Phelps 
Bern; 3 Parker 
Elnathan Biood 
Daniel Moor 
David Hobart 
Gershom Hobart 



Joseph Still 
Daniel Merrill 
Henry Kinne 
Jeremiah Colburn 
Samuel Huston 
Daniel Searles 
John Combs 
Joseph Winn Jun. 
Phineas Lund 
Peter Honey 
Jo s Hale 

Sal van us Whitney 
Thomas Heall 
Thomas Blanchard 
Banjaman Davis 
Tho 3 Davis 
John Aven 
Jonathan Cram 
Thomas Pollard 
Ephraim Adams 
James Searles 



Warning for a Town meeting-. 
Province oO 
New Ha nip y 

Whereas the General Court by Law have Impcwered Eleaz r Tyng, 
Zacheus Loveweil and Joseph French Esqr. to call a meeting of the Pro- 
prietors of the Common and undivided [Land] in Old Dunstable for 
Choosing a Clerk and for agreeing on Som meathod for calling meeting 
of said Proprietors for the future in s' 1 Law it is Provided that no Per- 
son shall appear or Vote as an attorney for more than one original 
Share. These are Therefore to Notifie and Warn the proprietors afore- 
said that they meet at the House of M- Benjamin French Molder in 
Dunstable in the Province afore 5, l or; the Thirtieth Day of April Next 
at nine of the Clock in the morning Then and there 

i To Choose a Clerk to said proprietors 

2 to agree on som method for Calling meeting of Said proprietors for 
the future. 

Eleaz 1, Tyng 

Dunstable March iS, 1760. Zacheus Lovewell 

Joseph French 

New hampshire Dunstable april 30 th 1760 the above haveing ben 
Posted and Published according to Law, The proprietors mett at time 
and place agreeable to the above Notice and made choice of M" John 
Tyng for their Moderator by a majority. of the Interest Present 

Eleazer Tyng 
Zacheus Lovewell 
Joseph French 
Att a meeting of the Proprietors of the Common and undivided Land 
in old Dunstable held at the house of M" Benjamin French Inhoider in 
Dunstable in New Hamps April^o, 1760 

The proprietor-; haveing been called upon to give in their votes for a 
Clerk and Their Votes Colected Sorted and Counted it appeared that 



TOWN PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 



203 



Joseph French Esq r was Chosen by a Majority of the Interest Present 
who was sworn to the faith full Discharge of his Office by M f justice 
Loveweli 

Then the following method for calling meeting for the future was 
agreed on and Voted that upon application of five of the said Proprie- 
tors to the Clerk of s d proprietors in writing under their hands desire- 
ing a meeting of s 1 Proprietors he is directed and Impowered to call a 
meeting of the s ,: Proprietors by Posting up a Notification at some Pub- 
lick place in Dunstable in Newhamp r and in Dunstable in the Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay and Notifying the same in the Boston Gazatt 
fifteen Days before the said meeting Expressing in the s d Notiiication 
all such matters and things as are desired to be Transacted at s a meet- 
ing the s''- -meeting or meetings to be appointed and held in Dunstable 
in New Hampshire as the Clerk shall appoint and in Case of the Death 
of the Clerk or his Refuse!! to Call a meeting or meetings as aforesaid 
then and in such ease"' Co 11 Tyng and Leutenant Robert Fletcher or 
either of them upon such application are Directed and Impowered to 
call si\ch meeting or meetings as aforesaid. 
Attest John Tyng moderator 

A true Copy atestpr. Joseph French Proprietors clerk 



Att a meeting of the Proprietors of old Dunstable at the House of 
Mr. Benjamin French inhoider in Dunstable in the Province of- New 
Hampshire on Thursday y- 24 day of July 1760 Voted and Chose M r Jo- 
seph Blaney moderator Then voted that this meeting be adjourned to 
the Wednesday the J 5 day of October next ensuing to the House of Tho* 
Harwood Inhoider in Dunstable to meet again at two of the Clock in 
the afternoon in order to act on the articles in tiie notiiication for this 
meeting. 

October y- 1 15 1760 the Proprietors of old Dunstable being meett ac- 
cording to the above adjournment at the house of M r Thomas Harwood 
Inhoider in Dunstable in the Province of New Hampshire and the mod- 
erator did not attend the meeting and the said Proprietors waited untill 
the evening of said day and then the Question was put to the said Pro- 
prietors whether they would proceed to go on with the Business of said 
meeting and it was answered in the negative by the majority of the s' 1 
Proprietors present and then the said proprietors Dispersed 



A True Entry of all the Vote? and Proceedings 



s a meeting 



A True Copy attest pr. Joseph French Prop 1 ' Clerk 



Joseph French Prop" Clerk 



At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable Regularly 
Assembled y- 3 1 day of Feb- V 1763. 

Extracts from the votes of said meeting. 

A Vote Proposed as folio weth 

That Jonathan Loveweli Esq r Capt. Nehemiah Loveweli & Lieu 1 
Robert Fletcher be a Com** 6 to make Answer to the Petition of John 
Willoughby & others who Pray that they may be set off to Holies and 
that they or -either of them attend the General Court and opose said Pe- 
tition as it is unreasonable and there shew reason why it should not be 
Granted : 

Passed in fm Affirmative 

A True Copy pr Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 



Feb; 



a 1763 



Sam 1 Hobart as attorney for the toivn of Dunstable. 
We the Subscribers of Dunstable in the Province of New Hampshire 






204 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Constitute and appoint Sam' Hobart of holies in the Province afore- 
said Gent :n our Lawful} attorney in the matter of Gitting a Part of Said 
Dunstable annexed or Joined to holies aforesaid to Carry on a Petition 
of us the Subscribers in the General Cort wherein we Signify our De- 
sire of having a part of Dunstable annexed to holies aforesaid to do all 
we ourselves might or could Lawfully do in or about the premises if 
Present by virtue hereof as Witness our hands and seals this fourth § 

Day of march A. D. 1763 

David Hobart 1 

Signed Sealed & Deliver'd Daniel Mesam 

in Presents of James Hobart 

John Willoughby Jr. , . Elnathan Blood 

W m Cumings Arnos Phillips 

Gershom Hobart 

Benj* Parker 

Jonathan Hobart | 

Oliver Lawrence I 



Answer to the Petition of siindry inhabitants of the tozvn 
of Dunstable. 

Province of 1 
New Hamp / 

To his Excellency the Governor & the Hon !e his majesty's 

Council arid assembly of said Province. 

Whereas sundry Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable have 
Petitioned your Excellency & Hon rs Complaining that they are 
unjustly used by Dunstable and Praying that they may be 
Fread from Supporting the Gospel where they can have no 
benifit thereby and be added to Holies Therefore we the Sub- 
scribers bv order of the Town of Dunstable Beg leave to an- 
swer said "Petition and shew that the Comp' lt is groundless & 
the Prayer unreasonable as to Dunstable meeting house which 
they complain of its being at so Great a distance from them if 
it is unjustly fixed it is owing to them Selves for many of them 
voted to have it there and non of them Voted against it for 
after the Timber was drawed to the place a Vote could not be 
obtained to Raise it where it is before the Petitioners agreed to 
it and they can have the meeting house moved where it will be Just 
and equal to have it where they please for when ever they 
have endeavoured to have it moved there has been enough of 
the Town to Join them in it so as to obtain a vote for it as 
appears by the votes herewith and when such votes have been 
passed they have failed pursuing it tor fear it should be done 
and so they prevented from being set off to Hollisas they have 
in time past so it seems they are now stired up by some of 
Hoiiis people to bring this Petition in order to uphold the un- 
just proceeding of Hollis in setting their meeting house where 
it now is for in the year 1756 Hollis joined these Petitioners in 



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a Petition of like kind with this and had a day appoynted to 
be heard on the same and by order of the Gen 1 court the se- 
lect 12 of Dunstable were notified of it and when Hollis & the 
Petitioners Inhabitants of Dunstable found that Dunstable was 
determined to answer that Petition and shew the unjust design 
of it the Petitioners were either afraid or ashamed to appear 
in defence of their own Petition, And now Hollis are En- 
deavouring to have the South part of Monson anexed to them 
and should that be don and also the westerly half of Dunsta- 
ble anexed to them then their meeting house where it now is 
will be aboute Right so that could it now be obtained to 
breake up and ruin two Towns it may hereafter be sumthing 
of a cover to hide the Iniquity of Hollis and help the private 
Interest of some mercenary persons but can't passably promote 
the Pubiick Good nor help the Interest of these Towns. In 
order to Incorporate these Towns so as to promote the Pub- 
lick Good & the peace and hapiness of the Inhabitants (which 
by Riming the Province line fell in to this Province) and to 
prevent the Truble of after Divisions the Governor and Coun- 
cil took a very wise and Parental ceare by sending a Com tee 
of Disinterested Gent" 1 to veiw and examin in to the Situation 
of the Inhabitants that so they might know what lines would 
best answer that Good end and after said com tee had taken 
such view and heard all parties and made their Report to the 
Gov 3 " & Council these Towns were incorporated as the lines 
now stand and in our Charter the Governor & Council have 
Reserved to themselves their heirs and successors the Power 
of Dividing said Town when it shall appear necessary and 
convenient for the benefit of the Inhabitants which at present 
is not nor cant be and the Petitioners having Prayed the Gov- 
ernor and Council to divide them from 'Dunstable and finding 
that the Gov r & Council are Imovably set to defend the Pub- 
lick Good and the Inhabitants of Dunstable in the Injoyment 
of those Priviledges Granted to them by their Charter so that 
from them they can tobtain their unreasonable Request They 
now Pray the Hon 1 * assembly to give them sum aide as the 
Gov" and council unresonabiv denisrhed or neglected to re- 
leave them in their dificulty as they pretend but we don't 
doubt they will meet with same Repulse from the Hon le as- 
sembly as they have from the Gov. & Council in such an un- 
reasonable and unjust request for should. Hollis move their 
meeting house where it ought to be and the Petitioners act 
Peacably with their own Town they will then be much nearer 
. to their own meeting in Dunstable than they can be to Hollis 
meeting as appears by the Plan of each Town and by what 
they say themselves in their own Petition aboute the distance 
they are now from Hollis meeting and as to what" they urge of 



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their once belonging to Holiis and helping to settle a minister 
there is not true if it is they did not live on the places they do 
now for many if not all the Petitioners have settled in Dun- 
stable since Air. Emerson settled in Holiis and for them to 
urge such false please can never answer the end they Expect 
so as to excite the pity of this Great and Hon !e Court who 
can't but abhor the designs of those who try to destroy the 
peace and ability of Towns to advance sum private Intrestand 
when the reason they offer is not true and in behalf of the 
Town of Dunstable we pravy r Excellency and Honours would 
dismis said Petition which is so Groundless & unreasonable 
and we as in duty bound shall ever pray 

Ton l Lovewell "V ^ 

< T T I Cos 

Nehemiah Lovewell > 

Robert Fletcher J 

Dunstable Feb" y e 4 th 1763 



>m 

tee 



Petition of Zacheus Lovetvell and Joseph Blanchard. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth P"sq r Gov r and Com- 
mander in Chief in & over his majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire The Hon ble his majesty's Council & House of 
Representatives for said Province in General assembly Con- 
vened May the 4'" 176S 

The Humble Petition of Zacheus Lovewell & Joseph Blan- 
chard Esqr as two of the Proprietors of Dunstable and in behalf 
of said Proprietors Shews 

That the Proprietors of the Common & undivided Land 
laying in Old Dunstable so calld live &. their Lands now lye 
in the Province of the Mass Bay as well as in this Province 
and by the method they had Established, their meetings were 
to be called by their Clerk who was the Late Joseph Blan- 
chard Esq 7 Deceasd, whereby that method is Impracticable 
& your Petition" are advised that the standing Laws of the 
Province do not Direct to any method of Calling meetings in 
Such Cases. 

That as to those Proprietors who live &. the lands which lay 
in the Massachusetts there is no Difficulty, because there is a 
Law Providing in such Cases but as they are but a Part and 
as to the Lands the Lesser Part a meeting by virtue of the 
Law there would not answer the General advantage, nor au- 
thorize a meeting of the whole which is the View they have 
& which the Situation of their affairs Demand, there being a 
Present necessity of Transacting Some Business at such a 
meeting. Wherefore they Pray that the Said Proprietors may 



be Convene 



this Province bv the Same method thev may be 



there, that all may be called together in the Same way & at 
the Same time in both Provinces & when they are met they 



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may unite in One Body & Settle the future method of Calling 
their meetings, and that your Petition 1 " 5 may have leave to 
bring- in a Bill accordingly and (if should be formed a General 
act it may Prevent the like application hereafter but which 
they Kumblv Submit) they shall as in duty Bound ever 
Pray&c 

Zacheus Lovewell 
Joseph Blanc hard 

In Council May 5* 175S 

read & ordered to be sent down' 
to. the. Hon M * House 

Theo Atkinson -Secy.. 

Province oi £j fcfe H "" of Representatives Mav o& 175S 

Voted That the Petitioner have Liberty to bring in 'a General Bill 

Andrew Cla-rkson Clerk 

In Council Eodem Die 

read and Concurrd 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Consented to 

B. Wentworth 



Petition by Joseph Blanchard. 

Province of \ 
New Hainp / 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Gov Szc. of the 
Province of Xew Hampshire the Hon 1 ** 6 hisMajestys Coun- 
cil & Assembly of said Province 

the Petition of Joseph Blanchard Esq in behalf of himself 
and Sundry others of the Prop" 5 of the Common cY, Undivided 
Lands in the Township of old Dunstable Who Humbly Shews 
That on the iy~ day of Octo r last said Prop" had a meeting 
which was held by adjournment and among other things it 
was Inserted iri the Warning of said Meeting to Choose a Clerk 
for said Prop 7 " 5 But the Moderator that was Chose at the first 
Meeting did not attend the Adjournment. Therefore a Ques- 
tion Arose Whether the Prop 1 "" Could Legally Proceed in the 
Choice of another Moderator and Proceed in the Business of 
said meeting. But after some Debate Some of the Prop 1 ' 5 did 
Proceed and Choose a Moderator and a Clerk Who has since 
Commenced an action against the Former Clerk for the Rec- 
ords of said Prop"* and your Petitioner is advised that theDis- 
put is of such a nature that a Determination in the Common 
Law will be attended with many Difficulty's which will Greatly 
hurt the Interest of said Prop" 5 . Wherefore y r Petitioner 
humbly prays that y r Excelb' & Hon" will take the Premises 



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under Consideration and appoint Some Suitable Person to Call 
and Govern a Meeting of said Prop r3 for the Choice of a Clerk 
or grant Such other Relief a.s in your Great Wisdom you shall 
see meet and y r Petitioner as in Duty Bound shall Ever pray 
&c 

Joseph Blaxchard. 
May 2 d 1762. 

Province or) In the House of Representatives June 25, 1762 
NewHampj r ^ 

This Petition being read The parties Concerned appeared & after 
being fully heard thereon 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted & that Col Meshach Weare 
Col Peter Oilman & John Phillips Esq r3 be & hereby are appointed to 
Call & Moderate Said Meeting cc that the petitioners have Liberty to 
bring In a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 

In Council EodemDie 
read & concurred 



lV :n Brimn Esq™ letter and Power of Attorney. 

Sir. 

Being informed by Col Brattle that a Proprietors meeting of the com- 
mon & Undivided Lands in Dunstable was to be held there the 4 th In- 
stant in order to remove M r French from being Proprietors Clerk & to 
place in his room young Blanchard; I herein inclose you a power of 
Attorney to appear & vote for me at said meeting hopeing you will use 
your utmost endeavor to prevent the records belonging to this Propriety 
from returning into the hands of a family that the Proprietors in gen- 
eral have I believe but little Cause to thank them for the use they have 
already made of them. My late Brother Benjamin had 4 original Rights 
in the Town of Dunstable and lam his surviving administrator Brother 
Samuel & myself haveing Letters of Administration on his Estate. I 
heartily wish you & the injured part of the Proprietors a good Issue of 
this affair & remain Sir 

Your most Humble Serv' 



W, Browne 



Beverly June 
Mr. John Tyng 



1760 



At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable at the 
meeting house in Said Town on the sixth day of October 1760 Voted 
and Chose Jonathan Lovewell Esqr. moderator Voted that Zacheus 
Lovewell Esquire hire preaching untill the Last of November Next and 
that he Draw money out of the Treasury to pay the saim and that Two 
Hundred pounds old Ten r be raised and assessed on the Inhabitance of 
this Town for that End 

Voted that the Meeting house be moved and that Messrs. Joseph 
Fletcher Joseph Danford and Abraham Kindal be a Comitte to fix a 
place where will be Just and Equal and that Elathan Blood and John 
Serls be a Comittee to wait on said Comittee and Git them to attend on 
said Business and that a Survaor be Provided if need be and all the Cost 
be paid by the Town 

And then it was Voted that the meeting Should be adjourned five 



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weeks to meet at the Dwelling iiouoe of Coll- Zacheus Lovewell Esquir 
and the meeting was adjourned 

Acordingly November y- 10 1760 the Inhabitants of said Dunstable 
meat acording to adjournment 

the Comittee appointed to fix the meeting house place reported that 
theay tho 1 the most Just Place for a meeting house for this Town is about 
one Hundred rods westardiy from Lund Bridge so called by a pine Tree 
marked % on the Sotherdly side of the road that Leads to Tho s Hails 
Land from said Bridge 

Proposed that the Vote Passed y' 6 th of October to sett of John Wil- 
loby with his Lands to Mollis to be reconsidered Passed in affirmative. 

Proposed that John Willoby and his Land that viz about 130 acres 
about his house be set off to Hollis upon Conditions he pay Town and 
Province Tax Avith this Town until! be dun by Gen !l Court Passed in 
the affirmative. , ' ... 

[Province of \ To Oliver Constable of the Town of Dunstable in 
New Hamp" j said Province Greeting in his majestys name you are 
hearby Required forthwith to Notify and warn all the In- 
(Seal) habitants of said Dunstable that theay Esemble and 
meet at the meeting house in said Dunstable on Mon- 
day y e Sixth Day of October next att Two of CLook af- 
ternoon 1 to see if the Town will agree that John Wil- 
loby and others att pine hill be sett off to Hollis with 
their Lands. 2 to se if the Town will agree to hire preach- 
ing and do anything Relative thereto as shall then be 
agreed on. 

3 to se if the Town will Build a Bridge over Nashua river against 
Jon'- 1 Powers Jun's Land and do what shall be agreed on Relating the 
saim 

4 to raise any sums of money for Town Chardges as shall be agreed 
on 

5 tose if the Town will agree to move the meetinghouse in the Center 
of Land or where will be Just and equal and do anything to Effect the 
Saim as shall then be agreed on and se that you make Due return 

Zacheus Lovewell 
Dunstable Sep y* 17 th 1760 Jonathan Lovewell 

Joseph French 
Province of \ 
New Hamp r J 

Dunstable October y^* 1 1760 Pursuant to the within Writen warant I 
have notefied and warned all within mentioned to meet at the Time 
and Place within mentioned and for the Business within mentioned 

Oliver Larnwance Constable 
A True Copy Examd 

Jon* Lovewell Town Clerk 

Voted that Col ' Lovewell Coll 1 French Gapt Lund Benj :l French and 
Dan 1 Serls be a Comittee To Treat with the Inhabitance of Pine Hill 
about there being sett off to Hollis and that theay make repoart to the 
Town at the Next adjournment of this meeting then Voted that the 
meeting be adjourned to the 24th of November Instant to the Dwelling 
hous of Zacheus Lovewell Esquir to meet at one of the Clook afternoon 
and the meeting was adjourned accordingly November y 2j. lu 1760 
the Inhabitance of Dunstable meet according to adjournment the Com- 
ittee apointed to treat with the Inhabitance of pine hill about there be- 
ing sett off to Hoilis reported that the said Inhabitance offered fifteen 

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hundred pound old Tea r to the Town if theay were sett off and a Vote 
was Proposed to se if the Town would sett off said Inhabitance tohollis 
and it Passed in the negative. A vote was proposed to se if the town 
would except the Cora'ttees report about the meeting house place. It 
passed in the negative 

Voted — the Vote Passed y e 6 of October last to move the meeting 
house be reconsidered a Vote was Proposed the Inhabitance of Pine II ill 
should be Excused from paving to the men raised for hireing Preaching 
Passed in the negative 

Voted that the Messrs Joseph Fletcher Abraham Kimbel Joseph Dan- 
forth be alowed fifty six pound old Tenor in full of ther account for the 
Service for fixing the meeting house Place and Zacheus Loveweil Es- 
quire Twenty four pound old"Te;i" his account Entertaing the Comittee 
and Ben]* French his account for Ditto three pound six Shillings old 
Tenor and Benj 1 Parker his account for Ditto Twelve pound old Tenor. 

Tho s Harwood his account for Ditto Twenty four Shillings old tenor 

Elathan Blood and John Serls for waitting on the Comittee and git- 
ting them to attend the Business Twenty six pound Ten Shiling old 
Tenor and the saim be asesed on the Inhabitance of this Town and paid 
out of Tresuary to the Several Persons as alowed above and then the 
meeting was Dismised. 

A True Entrey of the Votes of said meeting 

Jonathan Loveweil Town Clerk 

A Copy true from Dunstable Town Book of Records 

Exam'd pr. Jon a Loveweil Town Clerk 

Dunstable Nov y 26, 1760. 



Letter to Hon. Henry Sherburne. 
Sir We the Subscribers Proprietors in Dunstable having 
this day seen a Copy of a petition of M r Jo s Blanchard for 
himself & Sundry others wherein we think facts are misrepre- 
sented there was a meeting of the proprietors at the desire of 
Mr. Blanchard who was desirous to have his brother Clerk 
the Proprietors in general are well pleased with Coll ' French 
their present Clerk, the question put at that meeting was 
whether they would proceed any further in the business of s d 
meeting and Determined in the negative the meeting dismissed 
and after most of the Proprietors and Clerk gone the petitioner 
late at night as we hear attempted to go on with the meeting 
& chose himself moderator and his brother Clerk which at- 
tempt we think unworthy of a Geat m and his brother has 
since brought his action at Law against Coll. French the Clerk 
which action is now pending and we think it will tend to the 
peace of the proprietors to have it there Determined and this 
petition dismissed & had there been time to call a meeting we 



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doubt not but it would be the mind of the proprietors — we are 
your Honours most obedient 
Humble Serv t3 

Eleazer Tyng 
John Tyng 
Thomas Harwood 
Thomas Lund. 
Dunstable June 22 1762 
To the Honourable Henry Sherburne Esq. Speaker of the 
Honourable House of Representatives to be Communicated. 






Papers relating to the Settlement of Rev. Sa?nuel Bird 
» of Dunstable, 1 744-1749. 

List of the Qualified voters in the Tozv?i of Dunstable. 



Col. Joseph Blanchard 
Thomas Harwood 
Noah Johnson 
Sam 1 Whiting- 
Jonas French 
Jon 1 French 
Jon a Lovewell 
Tho* Patch 
Isaac Beaucharnp 
Henry Adams 
Daniel Searles 
Joseph Butterfield 
Tho 3 Lund 
W ffl Lund 
Jon :v Snow 
Thomas Blanchard 
Eph n ' Adams 
Jbn !l Lund 
Eph m Lund 
John Lovewell Jun. 
Joseph Farley 
To the moderator of the meetin; 



John Alld 
Jon* Bowers 
Henry Parker 
John Searles 
Phin* Lund 
Tho 5 Cowen 
Nelv» Lovewell 
Tho 5 Hale 
\V m Lancey Jr. 
Josiah Butterfield 
Benj a Richardson 
Sylvanus Whitney 
Jabez Davis 
Benj a Parker 
John Willauby 
John Butterfield 
Eph Dl Butterfield 
John Huston 
Benj a French 
John "NFClenche 
Sampson French 
of the Inhabitants of the Town of 



Dunstable y ri 2 d -day of march 1746. " This certifies that the above list 
is the names of the Qualified voters in said Town and all therein men- 
tioned have a Right to rote in the afiaires of said meeting 
Dunstable March y« 2 d 1746. 

Jonathax Lovewell \ Selectmen 
Thomas Harwood J of Dunstable 



march Last past at a motion of Sundry of the freeholders and other 
Inhabitants for the Choice of a Person to Sort the Votes of a modera- 
tor, a voce was proposed by Joseph Blanchard by Poleing Previous to 
the vote & voted by a great majority they Would and that by thirtv 
five votes Joseph Blanchard Was Chosen for that Purpose A motion 
again was made and seconded to Bring in their votes for a moderator 
and that Zacir Lovewell by thirty live votes Was chosen moderator 



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and that by the same number of votes Joseph Elanchard was chosen 
town clerk & Joseph Blanchard Zacheus Lovewell & John Butterfield 
was chosen Select-' and did further Choose Other Town. Officers. 

Atf Joseph Blanchard. 

May 26 th 1747 

those votes was Certified by major Zacheus Lovewell as moderator 
after he was Chosen 

J. Blanchard T Clerk 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable in the 
Province of New Hampshire Assembled at the House of Jonathan Love- 
well (Inholder) in said Dunstable according to Law on Monday the 
sixth day of July 1747 

Extracts from the votes of said Meeting. 

Voted and Chose Joseph Blanchard Esqr. Moderator of said Meeting 
it was then voted that this meeting should be adjourned to the last Mon- 
day of August next to meet again that day at the same place at two of 
the Clock in the afternoon the meeting was accordingly adjourned. The 
Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said Dunstable being meet again at 
the House of Jonathan Lovewell in said Dunstable on monday y 31 st 
day of August 1747 Pursuant to the aforesaid adjournment y e 6 ;Al day of 
July 1747 a vote was then Proposed whether a Minister Should be chose 
this Meeting or not and it was voted in the affirmative that a Minister 
be chose this Meeting. 

Then a Vote was proposed as followeth — 

Where as the Church of Christ in this Town of Dunstable in the 
Province of New Hampshire on the sixth day of July last made Choice 
of the Rev. M r Samuel Bird for their Pastor and Teacher and having 
presented their vote to this Town with a desire that this Town would 
Concur with them in their Choice and make choice of the said M r Sam 1 
Bird for the Settled Minister of this Town Now there fore be it voted 
and agreed that the said Churches Choice be Concurrd with an that the 
Said M r Samuel Bird be Chose for the Settled Minister of this Town 
voted in the affirmative (& declared by the Moderator 
A true Copy Exam 1 pr. 

Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk 

We the Subscribers Inhabitants & Freeholders of the Town of Dun- 
stable hereby Desire & Impower Joseph Blanchard Cap 1 Joseph French 
& M r Jn° Butterfield or either of them in Our Names & Behalf to Rep- 
resent to the Gen' 1 Assembly of this Province the Unreasonableness & 
illegal Proceeding of Sundry of the Inhabitants of Dunstable in their 
town meetings the Surner past and Particularly the Town meeting July 
the sixth 1747 and the votes at the adjournment of that meeting. 

And all votes Relating to the Choice or Settlement of Samuel Bird 
as the Minister of this town and pray that they may be made void or 
Otherwise Relieve us in the premises. 

Province of Y 
New Ham p. j 

Jason Russell 

John Lovewell Jun. 

Benjamin French 

Phinehas Lund 

Thomas Patch 

Ephraim Butterfield 

Amos Phillips 

Joseph Farley 

Joseph Swallow 



Gideon Honey 
Samuel Sarles 
Henry Adams 
David Hobart 

? 

Simeon Blood 
Josiah Swan 
Jon' 1 French 
Joseph Butterfield 



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Jonathan Comes 
Thomas Blanchard 
John Butterfield 
Elnathan Blood 
William Lund 



the names of those persons y l voted 
Settled minister of the Town v e 31 of 

Noah Johnson 
John Lovewell 
Tho 3 Harwood 
Jon a Lovewell 
Jon a Snow 
Sampson French 
John Shed 
John Searles 
Jona. Searles 
Sam 1 Kenney 
Jon* Lund 
Tho ? Lund 
Eph ,n Lund 
Sanr Whiting 
W^ 1 Johnson 
Benj- Thompson 

Y e names of those that voted in the 

Joseph Blanchard 
Joseph French 
Josiah Swan 
Daniel Searles 
W m Lund 
Jon a French 
John Lovewell Jun. 
Phin 3 Lund 
Tho 3 Blanchard 
Eph ni Adams 



Sylvan us Whitney 
Phinehas Adams 
Ephraim Adams 
Thomas Adams 
Gershom Hobart 
John Wiiioughby 



for y e Rev 1 Sam 1 Bird being y 
Aug'' 1747. 

John Back 
Gideon Honey 
Henry Parker 
Nehemiah Lovewell 
Tohn Alid 
. W* Alld 
Tho 9 Heale 
Tho 5 Cowen 
Tho* Kellecut 
W m La n cey Jun. 
John McCienche 
Josiah Butterfield 
Btnj a Richardson 
John Huston 
John Honey 
Jabez Davis 

negative. 

Tho 3 Adams ; 
Phin 5 Adams 
Sylvanus Whitney 
Jon* Combs 
John Combs 
Richard Straton 
John Butterfield 
Elnathan Blood 
Amasa Parker 



The freeholders that are 

y e yearly income of y s real E 

Comoare with the Invoice 



Joseph Blanchard 
Jonathan French 
Joseph French 
Tho 3 Patch 
Daniel Searles 
Joseph Butterfield 
Tho 3 Blanchard 
Ephraim Adams 
John Lovewell Jun 
Samuel Searles 
Joseph Farley 
Jonathan Combs 
Phineas Lund 
Gideon Honey 



ag 



fc M r Birds 


Settling 


e sett ag bt the name. 


Real Estate 


100 





23 





35 
16 




24 




15 
16 




30 
16 





18 





45 
8 






3 


00 . 


5 






and the Sums of 






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I 
*5 

3 



9 
20 

30 

100 
1 

8 

7 

1 

17 
3 



3i 
3S 



15 



John I lone 7 
Silvanus Whitney 
Elnathan Blood 
Jn° Willowbe 
Phillip Clerick 
Jn° Butterfield 
Eph. Butterheld 
Benj* French 
Joseph Swallow 
Simeon Blood 
James Harwood 
David Hubbard 
Amos Phillips - 
Jasen Russell 
Benj a Parker. 
Gershom Hubbard 
Jo si ah Swan 
Zacheus Lovewell 
Tho' Adams 
Jn° Phelps 
Jonathan Phelps 
William Cumings 



Isaac Beauchamp 
John Beauchamp 
Henry Adams 
W» Lund 
Jonathan Bowers 



A list of the Freeholders in favor of M r Bird and the Sum of y e Val- 
ine of the yearly encome of the Real Estate 

Noah Johnson i3 

Tho* Harwood 50 

Samuel Whiting 4 

Jonathan Lovewell 37 

Tho^ Lund 6 

Jonathan Snow 5 

Ephraim Lund 2 

John Aid 8 

Henry Parker 10 

John Searls 4 

Nehemiah Lovewell 15 

Tho 9 Hale 4 
W ra Lancy 

Josiah Butterfield 4 

Benj l Richardson 6 

John Huston 10 

Sampson French 10 
Benj 11 Thompson 



533 

60 
25 
30 
15 


tending Stock 
On his wife *$: children 
on his Father's Land 
On his Father's Land 


130 



193 



At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable in the 



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Province of New Hampshire on Tusclav the fifteenth day of September 
1747 Extract from the votes of said meeting a vote proposed as follow- 
eth 

Whereas this Town of Dunstable at their meeting y e 31 st of august 
last made Choice of the Rev 1 Mr. Samuel Bird for the Settled minister 
of this Town and did not at the same meeting settle any sum to be 
paid him for his yearly salary — Therefore it is voted and agreed that 
the full sum and Quantity of one hundred ounces of coin silver Troy 
weight Sterling alloy or the full value there of in Bills of Publick 
Credit be paid annually to the said M r Samuel Bird for his Salary and 
to Comminceat the day that he is ordained Pastor of the Church of Christ 
in this Town of Dunstableand that the same be assessed on the Inhabi- 
tants of this Town and paid to him annually so long as he shall con- 
tinue in said office. Unanimously Voted in the affirmative. 

A true Copy Exam d AtV Jon* Lovewell Town Clerk 

i 



At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable in the 
Provirfce of New Hampshire on Tuesday the fifteenth day of Septem- 
ber 1747 Assembled according to Law 

Extracts from the votes of said Meeting 

then a vote was proposed as followeth — 

Where, as this Town of Dunstable on the 3 1-'- of August last voted 
and chose y e Rev 1 M' Samuel Bird for the Settled minister of this Town 
and Joseph Blanchard Esq r Henry Adams John Lovewell Ju r Joseph 
French Jon" 1 French Jon- Combs josi.ah Swan Sylvanus Whitney 
Ephraim Butterfield Thomas Blanchard Joseph Butterfield Richard 
Stratton Ephraim Adams Thomas Adams Phinehas Adams Samuel 
Searles William Lund Jur. Phineas Lund & John Combs having man- 
ifested their dissatisfaction with rhe Choice and unwillingness to attend 
his Ministry therefore voted and agreed that said Persons and their 
Poles for the time being Lyable by Law to be rated and such Tenants 
for the time being as shall live on their Estates unless such Tenants 
shall give their attendance at said M- Birds meeting be and hereby are 
Excused and discharged from all rates and Taxes what so ever that shall 
be raised and assessed on the Inhabitants of this Town for the Settle- 
ment Salary or Support of the said M" Bird and all other their Estate 
Real and Personal! while in their Possession equally discharged also 
for the Erecting and finishing a Meeting house where the said M Bird 
shall Preach always Reserving as the Condition o( this Grant or vote 
that the Persons discharged as afore said do not vote in any affair Re- 
lating to the Said M' Birds Settlement Salary or Support or the placing 
Ordering or Building the said Meeting house and in case any of them 
for the future do thus act in any of the affairs as afore said then the 
afore going vote to be void as to such person also provided that when 
any of said persons shall give their Generall attendance on said M r Birds 
Ministry the afore said vote where by they are excused to be void as to 
such person voted in affirmative A nother vote Proposed as followeth 
Where as this Town of Dunstable y" 31 st of August last made choice 
of y Rev 1 M' Samuel Bird for the Settled Minister of this Town and 
having determined to set a Meeting house for the Publick "Worship of 
God near the Common Road of passing through said Town viz. the 
Road that passes by Thomas Harwood to Nashua River Bridge and 
Thomas Patch Joseph Farley David Hobart Amos Phillips Benja Par- 
ker Elathan Blood John Wiiioughby Jason Russel Simeon Blood Gar- 
sham Hubart & John Butterfield having represented their Circumstances 
to this Town viz. their live in* near the Westerly line of this Town so 
that if the Meeting house should be Built near said road they say it will 



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NEW -HAMPSHIRE 



in no m.eashure accommodate them and that they cannot with any Con- 
venience attend the Meeting also that they have lately before they ware 
Incorporated in this Town paid their proportionable part in Settling y c 
Rev u M 1 ' Daniel Emerson now in Molfis where they can now attend with 
much More Convenience then they can at a Meeting in this Town pro- 
vided it be near said Road said Persons therefore desire that they may 
be Excused from paying any thing towards Building a Meeting house 
near said road and from paying anything towards Settling and Support- 
ing said M r Samuel Bird so long as he preaches near said road and pro- 
vided they Constantly attend at said M 1 ' Daniel Emersons Meeting on 
.Lords days and pay their proportion to his Salary and make the Same 
appear to this Town and that if this Town of Dunstable Should at any 
time agree upon a place and Build a Meeting house near the Center of 
this Town or if a Coirr* from the Gen i! Court should settle the Place 
for said -House that then they be not any longer Excused from paying 
as aforesaid 

- Now therefore this town of Dunstable having Considered the Reasons 
offered by said Persons moving them to Desire to be Excused from pay- 
ing as % aforesaid it is Voted & agreed that said Tho s Patch and the other 
persons beforementioned by Name be Excused from paying anything 
towards Building a meeting House and Settling and Supporting Said 
M r Samuel Bird in case the said House be Built near Said Road and that 
so long as he continues to preach there and no longer and it is provided 
that it* at any time. this town agree upon a Place and build a meeting 
House near the Center of this Town or that when ever the Place Shall 
be Settled by the Gen' 1 Courts Com cee that then this Vote whereby said 
Persons are Excused be Null £ Void 

and it is further provided that said Persons Constantly attend saidM r 
Emersons meeting on Lord's days and pay their proportion to his Sal- 
ery and bring Certificate from the Officers of the Church in Holies and 
the Select men of that Town that they have thus done and Deliver the 
Same to the Select men of this Town for the time being from time to 
time whenever there shall be any money raised for the Building a meet- 
inghouse or the Support of the Minister as aforesaid and that they & 
they only of said Persons who thus do be Excused as aforesaid and it is 
further provided that Said Persons do not act in any affair relating to 
the Meeting house or the Minister in this town and when ever they or 
either of them do. this Vote whereby they are Excused to be Void as to 
the Persons that Shall thus Act. 

Unanimously Voted in the affirmative 
A true Copy Exaim 1 pr. 

Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk 



Petition relating to an Illegal tovjn ?neetlng. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 
Commander .in Chief in and over the Province of New 
- Hampshire. -To the Honourable His Majestys Councill for 
said Province & House of Representatives in General As- 
sembly Convened 

The Petition of Joseph Blanchard, Joseph French John But- 
terfield Jason Russell John Lovewell Jun. Benjamin French 
Phinehas Lund Thomas Patch, Ephraim Butterfield Amos 
Phillips Joseph Farley Joseph Swallow, Gideon Henry Sam- 



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TOWN PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 2l7 

uel Sarles, Henry Adams Josiah Swan Jonathan French, Jo- 
seph Butterfield. Thomas Blanchard, Elnathan Blood, William 
Lund, Sylvanus Whitney, Phinehas Adams, Ephraim Adams 
Thomas Adams, Gershom Hobart, John Willoughby David 
Hobart, Phillip Woollen and Simeon Blood most humbly 
Sheweth That your Petitioners are Inhabitants and Freeholders 
in the Town of Dunstable in the Province of New Hampshire. 
That on the twentyeth day of June 1747 Jonathan Lovewell 
and Thomas Harwood. Two .of the Selectmen of said Dun- 
stable issued out and granted a Warrant in writeiner under their 
hands unto John Alld Constable of said Town therein and 
thereby requiring the said Constable to Notify and Warn all 
the freeholders & other Inhabitants in said Dunstable Qualified 
to Vote in Town affairs to Convene and meet at the House of 
Jonathan Lovewell Inholder in said Dunstable on Monday the 
sixth day of July then next at one of the Clock in the after- 
noon, among other things To make Choice of a Minister for 
the Supply of die said Town and to Give the Minister that 
should be chosen such encouragement as should then be agreed 
on or do any thing in order for the Setling a Minister in said 
Town as should then be agreed on. 

That the 5- Constable made his Return of said Warrant and 
that he had notifyed and warnd all the within mentioned to 
meet at time and place and for the occasions within mentioned 
That in Consequence of the Said Warrant and Notification 
There was a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the said Town of 
Dunstable at the House of the Said Jonathan Lovewell in Dun- 
stable aforesaid on the said sixth day of July afores' 1 That at 
said meeting a Moderator was chosen — And then it was voted 
that the said meeting Should be adjourned to the last Monday 
of August then next to meet again at the same Place at two of 
the Clock in the afternoon and the said meeting was accord- 
ingly adjourned. That on the said last Monday in August 
afores 1 at a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of said Dunstable at the place aibresd. in Consequence of the 
said Adjournment one Mr. Samuel Bird was chose for the 
Settled Minister of said Town 

That at a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dun- 
stable afores- on the fifteenth day of September 1747 (Tho' the 
warrant for calling said meeting was to warn all the freeholders 
and other Inhabitants in said Dunstable to meet) among other 
things it was voted that the said Mr. Samuel Bird his yearly 
Salary as Settled Minister of said Town should Be one hun- 
dred ounces of Coined Silver Troy Weight Sterling alloy or 
the full value thereof in Bills of public Credit and to Com- 
mence at the Day he shall be ordained Pastor of the Church of 
Christ in Dunstable That sundry Persons not freeholders ins' 1 




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NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Town voted in & for the Choice of said Minister Sc for said 
Salary. 

That your Petitioners humhlv Conceive that the said Meet- 
ings and the Votes past at said Meetings relating to the Choice 
of the said Mr. Bird to be the settled Minister of said Town 
and also to the fixing and Setling of the afores' 1 Salary on him 
as Minister aforesaid are contrary to an act of this Province 
Entitled An Act for the Maintenance and supply of the Minis- 
try within this Province. That nigh Two thirds of the free- 
holders in said Town are against the said Mr. Birds being the 
minister of wSaid Town That. the said Two Thirds of said Free- 
holders own near three fourths of the Estate in said Town that 
must Support and maintain him the s"' M 1 ' Bird upon an assess- 
ment. That your Petitioners look upon themselves to be under 
great difficulty s at present and that they shall be still under 
greater if the Said Votes are allowed and held to be lawfull 
valid and binding — Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly 
Pray your Excellency & Honours that they may have a hear- 
ing on the Premises and that in the mean time the said Town 
of Dunstable may be ordered and enjuined not to do or act any 
thing farther in Consequence of the said Votes And that your Ex- 
cellency and Honours will make and declare the said Meetings 
& the Votes afores' 1 to be illegal! null and void or grant your 
Petitioners Such other Relief as you shall see meet and reason- 
able and your Petitioners xVs in Duty bound Shall ever Pray &c 

Joseph French for himself 
and Behalf of the other Petitioners 

Nov. 21 st 1747 
In Council Nov 21, 1747 read & 

ordered to be sent Down to the Hon 1 * 8 House 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 

Province of! In fch H q£ R. :presontatlves 3I »t Nov> iy ? 

New Hamp } ' ' t* 

Voted That y* Petitioners be heard on this Petition y e Second Day of 
y e Setting of y* Gen' Assembly after the first ofjun 8 next & thatthe"Pe- 
titioners at their own Cost serve y" adverse Party with a Copy of this 
Petition >>c this order of Court that they may have Liberty to shew Cause 
if anv they have whv the Prayer of y ,: Petition should not be granted 

D. Pierce Clr. 
In Council Eodem Die 

read & Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Sec-*" 



Nov. 21. 



Pr. 



Consented to 

B. Went worth. 



rovof ij the || ouse f Representatives Q th March 1747-8. 
New i-Iamp j l J '^' 

Voted That the farther Hearing of y* annexed Petition be deferred 'ti 1 
y* Second Day of y* Sitting of y ,: Gen 1 Assembly after y* tenth of April 



D. Pierce Clr. 



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219 



In Council March 10 th t 747-8. 
read & Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Eodern Die 

Assented to 

B. Wentworth 

Province ofl j h M of Representatives 13^ May 174S 

New Harap J L ° J 

Voted that the Prayer of y 9 annexed Petition be granted & that y e 
meetings & y e Votes "mention'd in s d Petition be & hereby are declared 
illegal null & void 

D. Pierce Clr. 
In Council May 14^ 174S 

the above Vote of the House read & Concurred. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
In Council May 17, 174S. 

Consented to 

B. Wentworth 






[It is uncertain to what paper or 

They seem to stand alone. Ed.] 

Joseph B Ian chard 

Jonathan French 

Joseph French 

Tho 5 Patch 

Isaac Beauchamp by his son or At- 
torn ey 

John Beauchamp 

Henry Adams 

Daniel Searls 

Joseph Butterfield 

W m Lund 

Tho s Blanchard 

Ephraim Adams 

John Lovewell Jun r 

Sam 1 Searles 

Joseph Farley 

Jonathan Bowers 

Jonathan Combs 

Phinehas Lunde 



petition the following names belong. 

Gideon Honey 

John Honey 

Silvanus Whittney 

Elnahan Blood 

John Wiliowbe tenant to Joseph 

Farlev 
Phillip Cierick 
John Butterfield 
Beup French 
David Hubbard 
Simeon Blood 
Amos Phillips 
Jason Russell 
Benj a Parker 
Gershom Hubbard 
Josiah Swan 
Zacheus Lovewell 
Tho s Adams — Attorney to Judith 

Adams 






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Nottingham West March ye 31 st 1748 
this may Certifie that Joseph Blanchard Esq r was sworn to the faith- 
full Discharge of the office of Town Clerk and assessor in the town of 
Dunstable for the Current year before me 

Ezekiel Chase J. P. 



Minutes of Tozun Meeting in Dunstable March 30 th 174S. 
At a meecing of the Inhabitants Qualified to vote in the Choice of 



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2 20 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Town Officers in the Town of Dunstable in the Province of New Hamp re 
being Regularly Assembled at the House of Jonathan Lovewell in said 
Dunstable y e 36 th dav of March 174.S in order to make Choice of Town 
Officers. 

Voted and chose Jonathan Lovewell moderator of said meeting 

Voted and Chose Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk. 

Voted and chose Jonathan Lovewell William La nee 7 Thomas Har- 
wood Noah Johnson & Jonathan Lund Selectmen. 

voted that the said Selectmen be assessors. 

voted and chose Ephraim Lund Constable. 

voted and chose Josiah Butterfield Sc Sam 1 Kenney tithing men. 

voted and chose John Searls ic William Lancey Jun. surveyors of 
high way. , . I 

voted and chose John M~Clenche & Thomas Murdough Field drivers. 

voted and chose John Huston & Sampson French fence vewers. 

voted and Chose Benj a .Richardson William Alld&Benj* French Hog 
constables. f 

a True Copy from Record of the whole of said meeting respecting 
Town officers Exam d ! 

att r Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk 



fe 



This Certifies that we the Subscribers Inhabitants & Quail ified voters 
in the Town of Dunstable voted in the Choice of the above said officers 

; the dav above said I 

- 

Jonathan Lovewell Thomas Harwood 

William Lancey Sampson French 

Thomas Lund Jonathan Lund 

Ephraim Lund Josiah Butterfield 

John Alld John McCleache- 

John Huston John Searle's mark X 

Samuel Whiting William Lancey Jun. 

Noah Johnson Thomas Cowen 

Benjamin Richardson William Johnson's mark X | 

Henry Parker William Alld. 

we the Subscribers certifie that Nehemiah Lovewell was present & 
voted in the above said meeting but being out of Town when the others 
Subscribed this paper had not opportunity to Subscribe. 

Jonathan Lovewell 
John Alld 
Province of V 
New Ham p. ) 

This Certifies that the Inhabitants that ware Quallified to vote in the 
Choice of Town officers in the Town of Dunstable in said Province 
being Regularly Assembled for that purpos the 30 th day of March 1748 
did Choose the Persons here after mentioned in to the respective offices 
as is here after Expressed. 
Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk. 

Jonathan Lovewell, William Lancey, Thomas Harwood, Noah John- 
son Sc Jonathan Lund Selectmen. 

voted that said Selectmen be assessors. 
Ephraim Lund Constable. 

Josiah Butterfield .S: Sam 1 Kenney Tithing -men. 
John Searls Jc William Lancy Jn r Serveyors of highways. 
John McCienche & The 3 Murdough Field drivers. 
ohn Huston Sampson French Fence vewers. 

"enj a Richardson William Alld & Benj a French Hog Constables. 

Att Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk. 



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To His Excellency Benning Went worth Esq 1 " Governour &c 
The Hon. his majestys Council & House of Representatives 
in Gen!- Court assembled at Portsmouth May y e 19 th 174S 
Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable 
would Most Humbly Remonstrate 

That Inasmuch as a Representation of our Circumstances 
has bin made to this Hon" Court Relating our Last March 
meeting for the Choice of Town Officers, on the 30 t;i of said 
month by Joseph Blanchard Esq r praying that the choice 'made 

by the majority of Voters mentioned might ? the Town 

officers by them Chosen be Confirmed or the whole proceeding 
nullified & a new meeting Called &c 

That we are in necessity for Redress in those things and in 



TOWN PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 221 

Prwince of 1 

New PI a in p. / 

Nottingham March y e 31 st 1748 
the afore said Jonathan Lovewell and Thomas Harwoodwere Svvorne 
to the faithfull discharg of their Respective offices where they were 
chose as above before me 

Ezekiel Chase J 3 Pais 
Prov of 1 
New Hamp j 

Nottingham West apri! v e 2, 174S 
The aforesaid William Lancev Noah Johnson Jonathan Lund Josiah 
Butterfield Sam 1 Kenney John McClenche Tho 3 Murdough John Hus- 
ton & Benj a Richardson were sworn to the faithfull discharge of their 
Respective offices where to they were Chose as above, before me, 

Ezekiel Chase Js. Pais 
Province of) 
New Hamp / 

Nottingham April y e iS th 174S. 
Jon a Lovewell of Dunstable in said Province was Sworn to the faith- 
full discharge of the office of Sealer of all weights and measures in the 
said Town of Dunstable where he was Chosen. 

before me Ezek 1 Chase J 3 Pais 

John Phelps and others' assent to jo* Blanchard' s petition. 

Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants and Freeholders of the town of Dun- 
stable do hereby Signifie that we are not for the Setling M r Sam 1 Bird 
as minister of this town & should if Opportunity had permitted joyned 
with Jo- Blanchard Esq E & Others in. Petitioning the Gen 1 Assembly for 
making null & void the vote Whereby he was Pretended to be Chose 
and are Still desirous that the Same may be done 

Jonathan Phelps 
Dunstable May 3 d 174S John Honey 

Jonath" Bowers 
William Cuming 
John Phelps. 



Remonstrance, 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



as much as the Choice of officers made by the said Thirty Six 
Whereof Major Zacheus Lovewell was Chosen Moderator & 
the s d Joseph Blanchard Town Clerk Were agreeable to the 
Town in Geif & in which choice two thirds at least of the free- 
holders Sz Inhabitants in s (l town of any profitable Estates or 
such as had bin Costomary to Rase did vote in the affirmative, 
and should a new meeting be called We Imagine it would be 
only to chose the same persons over again that the Scarcity of 
Laborers and the Season of the year so much Demand our at- 
tention to our business, our Habitations are so scattered that 
Warning and holding such meeting at this Season would be 

o o o 

very Chargeable. 

That if it might be the pleasure of this Hon. Court to estab- 
lish and Confirm the s d officers it would free us from these as 
we apprehend unnecessary Charges, Sc Quallify us Imediately 
to do anything necessary for the Publick affairs oi s' 1 Town 
Which is very Humbly Desired eve 



Joseph Butterfeld 
Henry Adams 
Jonath 1 Bowers 
Ephraim Butterneld 
Benjamin Davis 
Gershom Hobart 
Elnathan Blood 
Thomas Patch 
David Hobart 

his 
Joseph x Farlv 

Mark 
Amos Phillips 
John Willoughby 
Benj- 1 Parker 
John Phelps 
John Butterfeld 
James Harwood 
Thomas Blanchard 
William Lund 
Isaac Vvaldron 
John Beauehamp 



John Combs 



Jo si ah Swan 
Benjamin French 
Joseph French 
Zacheus Lovewell 
Phirteas Lund 

his 
Thomas x Blanchard Jr. 

mark 

his 
Joseph x Swallow 

mark 
Jason Russell 
Simeon Blood 
William Cumings 

his 
Sam'-iel x Saris 

mark 
Syivenus Whitney 
Thomas Adams 
Gideon Honey 
Ephraim Adams 
Jonathan French 
Jonathan Combs 
Daniel Searles 



Petition of yon 2 - Lovezvcll in answer to Joseph Blanchard r s 

petition. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq 1 ' Capt. Gen 1 & 
Governour in chief in & over his Majesties Province of New 
Hampshire & the Hon ie his Majesties Council & House of 
Representatives for y e Province in Gen 1 Assembly Convened 
.May io th 174S' 

Jonathan Lovewell of Dunstable in said Province for him- 



TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 233 

self and other freeholders and Inhabitants of Said Town in 
answer to a Petition of Joseph Blanchard Esq r for himself & 
others (now lying before this lion 1 - Court) Humbly Shew — 

That in Said Petition is Shewn forth that y e Selectmen of 
Dunstable by their Warr 1 cal'd a Town meeting in Dunstable 
to be of Persons Qualified to vote on y~ $o' h day of March last 
for y e Choice of Town officers for y e Current year that y° In- 
habitants Met accordingly and after some Debate about y e 
Quallifycations of Voters they proceeded to y e Business & that 
53 Men assembled who were Quallifyed according to y e Law r s 
by which they had heretofore been Govern' d who divided into 
two parties 36 in one & 17 in y- other that each party chose a 
Moderator Select men & all other Town officers — a Double set 
chosen and Sworn for every office — the evident Consequence 
of which is the utmost confusion &c 

By this state of y e Case in their Petition they Grant y e au- 
thority of the Selectmen to call the Meeting but don't mention 
who Govern'd the Parties Mentioned who took their Votes & 
Determined y e Choice or whether there was any officer to Enter 
& record y e votes or show how the meeting was managed — 
representing y e case as if one party had as good right to act as 
y e other in any manner when the truth of iho matter is That 
the Petitioners in a very Disorderly uncivil manner took y e Se- 
lectmens warrant from them and went out of y e house ap- 
pointed by y e Selectmen to hold y- meeting in and Gathered 
a Party- together some qualified Voters & Some not so and 
acted like a mobb of madmen in such a manner as never was 
done in this Province Since it was a Government— the Select- 
men all the while proceed to take votes at the time & place 
appointed to hold y° Meeting when & where a Moderator was 
the Voters present orderly chosen & y° business of y e Town 
orderly carved on all town officers chosen & duly Entered by 
y 8 clerks Duly Sworn as y e Laws & custom of ail Towns in y e 
Government have time out of mind used — which officers your 
respondents conceive to be y ' officers regularly chosen for y e 
Town & that they ought to Serve in their respective offices — 
The Petitioners Knew that what they had done was Disorderly 
yet they did the same with Design to Disturb y e peace & good 
order of the Town for if they were y e Major part of y 3 voters 
Qualifyed they might have chosen who they liked best into of- 
fices without Snatching up y-' warrant and runing out of doors 
& holding a meeting abroad in the fields where they were not 
cal'd by their warrant to hold it the necessity of having officers 
regularly chosen is evident but the question is whether these 
Petitioners have right to Complain of y* Proceedings of y° 
Town in General when they themselves & no others have made 
all y e Disturbance & Disorders they mention in their -Com- 
plaint. 



224 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

They further say In their ^Petition that their circumstances 
are Particular that they were Intel}' Incorporated can have no 
Customs to Govern their Proceedings in such cases- — and that 
y e Province Law is Defective &. does not say what Estate is 
ratable therefore Intlrely useless That every man has an equal 
Right to Govern in Town meeting till moderator is fairly 
chosen y* Law silent about it & that they must Labor under 
insuperable Difficulties unless aided by the assembly or y e 
Standing Laws amended & so they pray that their own parly s 
choice (which they call v' J major part but was not nearly so) 
maybe Established or that those Votes which were Lawfully 
passed may be made null as well as theirs 

In answer to which y respondents say that the Petitioners 
lately' Incorporated having no Customs to Govern Begin with 
very bad precedents to make Customary that any man may 
Set himself up to Govern in town meeting against y- authority 
that caled y~ same It is such a Practice as was never known 
in this Government nor in any of the neighboring Govern- 
ments all y e towns in thus Province have always made that 
their Practice that y- Selectmen who call y- meeting Govern 
y e same till a moderator is chosen they take the Votes & de- 
clare who is chosen moderator & then y e moderator takes his 
place and Governs That there is Defect in y e Laws of y u 
Province & that y'-" Laws are useless is a bold and Dareing af- 
front ro y° Government for that in all & every town of y e 
Province the Laws have been understood & all the towns have 
been Quietly Sz regularly ordered & Governed and will be so 
still notwithstanding y r - Disorderly Practice of The complain- 
ants who have violated the Laws & Good customs of y e Towns 
in all y c Governments &. to cover their Riotous & bad behav- 
iour complain that there is no Law to Govern them. 



At a Legal meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Town 
of Dunstable on the iS "' Day of April A. D. 1774 

Voted that Jonathan Lovewell. Es?f *> e agent tor the Town of Dun- 
stable -to Petition those that are in proper authority that the s- Town 
of Dunstable may have the Priviledge of bending a Person to Repre- 
sent them in the General assembly of this Province 

A true Copy attest 

" Jo s Whiting Town Clerk 
Dunstable may r» 6 ,h 1774 



Dunsiahle Petition to send a Representative, 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Cap f General Gov- 
ernor and Comander in chief in and over his majesties Prov- 
ince of New Ham.p. & H the Hon v --' his majesties Council. 
The Petition of Jonathan Loveweil of Dunstable in County 



TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 225 

of Hilsborough and Province afore said on Behalf of the Free* 
holders of said Town of Dunstable in their Town meeting 
assembled ap r y c 18 th 1774 pursuant to their vote for this Pur- 
pose 

Humbly Shews That the said Town of Dunstable is a very 
ancient Settlement and so long ago as the year 16S0 there was 
Thirty Families settled there and a learned orthodox minister 
ordained amongst them — 

That the Inhabitants wer repeatedly distressed by a Bar- 
barous Indian Enemy and with great Difficulty kept Posses-, 
sion of the Ground. - That they 'were then under the Jurisdic- 
tion of the Province of the Mass 3 Bay and for very many years 
were priviledged by that Province to send a Person to repre- 
sent them in the General assembly anualy Convened at Bos- 
ton uritiy the Divisional! line between said Province took 
place. 

That in the year 1746 the said Town of Dunstable falling 
within this Province the Inhabitants of said Town wer by His 
majesty's Letters Patent under the seal of this Province Incor- 
porated in to a Body Politic and Corporate to have continu- 
ance forever by the name of Dunstable with all the Powers & 
authorities Priviledges Sc Franchises which other Towns in 
said Province or any of them by Law then had or enjoyed 
and to their Successors forever. 

That for several years since the said Town of Dunstable en- 
joyed the Priviledge of voting for a Person to Represent them 
in the General Assembly for this Province 

That for about Twelve years last past the Freeholders of said 
Town have for reasons to them unknown been Excluded from 
their ancient Priviledge altho they are not only conscious of 
their Loyalty and attachment to Flis Majesty King George the 
Third and all in authority under him and determined on every 
occasion to Testify their Duty. 

Wherefore your Petitioner on Behalf of the aforesaid Free- 
holders of Dunstable and in vertue of the vote aforesaid Most 
Humbly Prays your Excellency and Horn 3 that they may be 
restored to their ancient Priviledges and be properly repre- 
sented in Future and your Petitioner as in Duty Bound shall 
ever Pray 

Jonathan Lovewell. 

May y e io tb 1774 



226 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Papers 

relating to the annexation of the West part of Dunstable (now Nashua) 
to the Town of llollis : 
Containing 
Petition of the Inhabitants of the West part of Dunstable, 
Remonstrance of the Selectmen of Dunstable, 
Answer of the Agents of Dunstable, 
Plan of the territory to be disannexed (i) 
; Warrant for a Town Meeting in Dunstable, 

Proceedings of said Town meeting. 
Extracts from the Records of Dunstable. 



Petition of People in the West, fart of Dunstable {nozvfaft 
of Mollis) to be annexed to Uollis. 

Province of \ I 

New Hampsh / 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 

the Hon le his Majestys Councill 

The Petition of a nomber of the Inhabitants in the westerly 
Side of The Town of Dunstable in said Province and the Town 
of Hollis Joynirig with them Humbly sheweth, 

That your Petitioners that live in Dunstable live in the west 
side of the Town next to Hollis and are so far from the meet- 
ing House that it is all most Empossible for us to attend the 
publick worship of God there for some of us live seven and a 
half miles and the nearest five and half from the Meeting House 
so that we Cant nor Dont go to meeting there and we receive 
no priviledges with them for they have sot the Meeting House 
to acommodate them Selves and seem not in the lest to Regard 
us only to get our money our Difficulties are so exceeding great 
that make us Dispare of haveing any Comfortable Reeving 
gospeals Previledges unless we can obtain the aid and Assis- 
tance of vour Excellency and Honnors 

Wherefore your Petitioners most Humbly pray that your Ex- 
cellency and .Honnors Would so far Compassonate our Cir- 
cumstances as to Relieve us in the Premises by seting us of with 
our Land to Hollis to which we once bclong'd and help settel 
our Minister and now go to attend the publick worship of god 
and must if we are Continued as we be the hardest of us from 
Holies Meeting House is not more than three Miles and a half 
or four miles and the bigest part about two miles and a half 
and three miles to the which we can go with some degree of 
Comfort Wee therefore pray that your Excelency and Honors i 

would be plesed to annex us to Holies with about 2500 acres 

(1) The Plan is found in the original MS. Panevs Vol. II. p. 2<37, in seor'Vr'.rv's of 
ilce. but omitted m tixa volume, kn. 



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TOWN PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 227 

of Laud as we have Discrebd in a plan Which will gratly Re- 
leve us from our present Difficulties and help us to a Comfort- 
able Injoyment of gosple prevelidges 

Wee your Humble Petitioners therefore pray that your Ex- 
cellency and Hon rs would Releive us as in your great Wisdom 
Shall Seem Meet and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound Shall 
ever pray. 



John Willough.by . William Cumings 

Elnathan Blood Joseph Farley 

John Phelps Anna Patch . 

Daniel Mo oar 

Be aj a Parker 

Nicholas Youngman Sam 1 Cumings "] Selectmen 

Gershom Hobart Sam 1 Goodhue > of 

Jonathan Hobart " - Enoch Noyes j Holies 

Amos Phillips 

Sam' Hobart 

David Hobart 



Nehemiah Woods 

In Council December 16, 1756 

read & ordered to be sent down to the Hoa hle Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secr- V 

Province of 1 T ,, , c *> *. i- t>> £%\, ^ 

vr tt > In the house ot Representatives Dec io lU 17^6 

.New hamp j x to 

This Petition being read 

Ordered That the petitioners be heard thereon, the third Day of the 
Sitting of the General Assembly next after the 15 th day of Jar-i r > next 
Ensuing & that the Petitioners at their own Cost & charge Cause the 
Select men of Dunstable to be Served with a Copy of s d Petition & this 
order of Court thereon to appear Sz Shew Cause if any they have why 
the prayer thereof should not be Granted 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council December 17 th 1756. 

read & Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson. 

NevJ Hamp} In the house of Representatives Jan 21 st 1757 

This being the day appointed to hear the within Petition and the 
Select men of Dunstable bv their Petition to the General Assembly of 
the 14 th Instant desireing that the hearing thereof might be put of to a 
further Day for the Reasons in s l Petition mentioned ;& the petitioners 
making no objection 

Resolved that the hearing thereof be put off till the 2' 1 Day of the Sit- 
ting of the General Assembly next after the first Day of April next & 
all persons Concerned are hereby Required to Govern themselves ac- 
cordingly 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 

^H?mp} In the House of Representatives May 18* i 7 57 

William Cumings Representing to this house that he was not duly 
Notified of the time appointed for the hearing this Petition & praying 
that further. time may be appointed for a hearing thereof Therefore 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard -thereon the Second day of the 



22S NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Sitting of the General Assembly Next after the 20 t!l day of June next & 
that the petitioners Serve the Selectmen of Dunstable with a Copy of 



I 

this order of Court 

| Andrew Clarkson Clerk 

In Council Eodem Die 
read Sc concurred 

Theo. Atkinson Secy. 



1 : . 

Petition relating to another hearing'. 
Province of\- 
New Hara-p j 

To His Ex c ^ B. Wentworth Esq r Gov r &c. The Hon 13 his 

Maj 3 Councill Sc House of Representatives in Gen 1 Assembly 

Conveinecl at Ports ' Sec. 

The Remonstrance of the Select" of Dunstable in Answer To 
The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Dunstable and the 
Select 11 of Holies for setting of Certain Lands with the Pet r5 
that Belong to Dunstable to the Town of Holies 

Humbly Sheweth 

That Tito the Order of Court pass'd in Councill 17 th 
of Dec r Last Directing That the Select- of Dunstable Shou'd 
be Served with a Copy of the Pet &' Order of Court thereon 
Notwithstanding the Pet" have delayed to Lett y c Respond- 5 
know any thing of Such' Pet' 1 and Order until! the Eleventh 
day of this Instant Jan y and the hearing to be the third day af- 
ter the i5 :h Instant, if the Court Shou'd be then Sitting (the 
contrary of which we coif d not know) The time being so short 
the Select" 1 Could not by Lawfull Warning Assemble the 
town to know their minds before the time of Hearing which 1 

we Humbly Conceive they ought by no means to be abridged 
off. " I 

Wherefore we Humbly pray (that unless Their peti' 1 be with- 
drawn or Dismissed without day that there may be a further 
day for Hearing thereon, and Inasmuch as 'tis probable if the ■ | 

town Resolve to appear and make answer there will be Occa- 1 

sion of Sundry Surveys and Measures to be taken, the clerer 
to descover the Truth of the facts alledged in their pet' 1 which 
cannot with convenience be done till the Spring & besides the 
Hardship it would be for Such a Scattered town to Assemble 
Soner than march meeting Since that is so near, & in the mean 
time y r Pet'" can Surfer no great 111 convenience) That the 
Hearing may be assigned Some time after the tirst of may next 

Which is Humbly Submitted by y r £x CT & Hon" most 
Obed nt Serv ts 



Dunstable Jan' 7 14'-* 



J. Blanchard ~) Select 11 

J"ON a LOVEWELL > of 

Jon- 1 Lund J Dunstabh 



TOWN PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 229 

Petition against annexation to Mollis, 
To His Excellency B. Wentworth Escf Capt. Gen ! Gov r of the 

Province of New Hamp r &c & the Hon le His Majestys 

Council. 

Whereas Sundry Inhabitants of Dunstable & the town of 
Holies Joyning with them have Petitioned y r Excellency & 
Hon" Praying the s d Inhabitants that are Petitioners may be 
with Their Lands Sett to Holies, and afterwards in the same 
Petition pray that they may be annexed to Holies with about 
2500 acres of Land (as they say they Have described in apian) 
and further pray for Relief as to you shall seem meet 

And shew as the Grounds of their Compl : their Distance 
from our meeting house that it was not sett to accommodate 
them & that seemingly they are Only Regarded to get their 
money* 

Off which the Selectmen of Dunstable had notice by Order 
of His Majestys Councill &: the Hon 1 - The Assembly to shew 
cause if any they had Why the prayer Thereof Shou-'d not be 
granted. 

Therefore the Subscribers Agents of the Town of Dunstable 
Begg Leave to answer Sc Shew 

That by the Charter of Incorporation a Reservation is made 
to his majesty his Heirs & Successors, of the Power of Divid- 
ing the same when it shall appear necessary and Convenient 
for the Benefit of the Inhabitants — accordingly their applica- 
tion was to y r Ex cy & Hon" — How that Petition came to drop 
down to the Lower house, or they order in a Thing they had no 
Lawfuil cognizance of Wee cannot tell — that in the present 
case nothing can lye before them to Determine and in this an- 
swer Shall address our Selves to y r Ex : " & Hon r5 only — 

Waving our not being Notetied by Prcp r authority if y r Ex cy 
& Hon rs think meet to sustain their Petition Beg Liberty to 
State the facts &'y r Indulgence to hear them thro'. 

That the town of Dunstable ah* 1736 was by act of theMass t3 
Divided into two Parishes Reserving for the first Or Standing 
part (being then ab r - to build a meetinghouse) Such parceil 
Only as wou'd Continue Sc not probable to be sub-divided af- 
terwards — The Remainder of what Was then old Dun- 
stable (now Holies monson and part of Merrymac & part of 
Dunstable.) was made the Second Parish — which then Consisted 
of ab* 70000, acres had an annuall tax of two pence an acre for 
four years On all the Non-residents Lands to Enable them to 
Build a meeting house ami settle a minister with an after Tax 
of near the Same Sum Greatly Exceeding the necessary use 
for which the Grant was Intended, however they disposed or 
divided the money That the Erst Parish 173S Built & finished 
a Meeting house at a Large expence. 



23O NEW HAMPSHIRE 

That 1 741 the Province line was Run & left of the first par- 
ish about two thirds of the Inhabitants & Estates on the Mass" 
side. 

That 1746 y r Ex ?y with advice of his Majesty s Council! ap- 
pointed a Comittee to Enquire into the Situation & Circum- 
stances of this Western Acquisition in Order for its Incorpora- 
tion into towns 

That the Settled part of the Second Parish (since Holies) 
was present before that Comittee and the dividing line between 
that town & Dunstable was .then fixed, after a full hearing of 
all partys. Tho Dunstable by that line was a quantity Suffi- 
cient for a town, yet the Habitable part so small (not more than 
five thousand acres. Scarce worth Improving) and that so scat- 
tered, viewing their past Burdens & Misfortunes with Great 
Reluctance took out their Charter — On the South the Province 
line On the East the Great River On the north the Poverty 
of the land wou'd make no advantage, by an addition Exclusive 
of the present Pete"'' & they Cheirly on the westerly Side Thus 
Shut up 

Tho Holies would admit five times the Settlers & Better 
Land as Their first Entry was at the Easterly end. 

Dunstable for their accommodation only Submitted to the 
line as it now stands when they Ought to have advanced a mile 
further West at the least. 

On examination we find that Holies on True measure is ab* 
eight miles in length East & west And about four miles & half 
north & South promiscuously Settled at Each end. Sometime 
after their Incorporation Holies set up a meeting house with 
part of the money we & others had paid for that use & sett it 
about a mile an half from their East line Regardless of the 
Comp 1 " of the Inhabitants & prop" on the westerly part so 
that many of them now are eight miles as they must travil from 
their meeting much further than any of Dunstable are from 
Our meeting house. Had measures in Equity been taken as 
was in Dunstable to place their meeting house the present Pet" 
wou'd be many miles nearer to ours (A: doubtless will soon be 
the case) 

Wee are Sencible that this vexatious Petition is Stirred & en- 
couraged by Holies purely to prevent Justice to their Western 
Inhabitants which they foresee will Obtain unless they can 
Cloack it by Ruining Dunstable. 

The Reasons as to Distance & accommodation might much 
Stronger be urged — Exclusive of the province tax, in favor of 
the South part of the town. | 

That the familys in Dunstable able to Support themselves & 
bear any part of Our charge does not Exceed I^orty, the Peti- 
tioners Included vY. shou'd they be Indulged it must end in their 
disappointment & be fatal to us. 

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TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 23 1 

As to their treatment in the town Selling the meeting house 
Useing the money &c we wou'd not trouble you With the Ar- 
guments Just in Our favour — Only Refer to the votes we here 
annex. Demonstrations of their g-ood usage. 

Had not the Depth of Snow and bad weather prevented we 
had shown their fallacious pretences to their distance from each 
meeting house all the aforegoing facts are Ready to very fie 

What Genius had Given them front to mutter out this Mot- 
tley Petition is Difficult to Guess. 

The pretentions both of Holles&the Pet* 3 are totally Ground- 
less. 

Wherefore we pray that their Petition may be Dismissed 

Joseph Blanciiard ) Ao . T3 for 

Zaci-ieus Lovewell ;- t , to . , , 
T „ { Dunstable 

Joseph trench. J 

[Here follows a plan of the land petitioned to be annexed to Hollis, 
about 2500 acres — which is omitted. Ed.] 



Province of \ To John Searles One of the Constables of Dunstable 
New Hamp j In said Province Greeting. 

Seal In his M:\jestys Name you are hereby Required forthwith To No- 
tify & Warn all the freeholders & Other Inhabitants In said Dun- 
stable Qualihed to Vote in the following- Town affairs that they As- 
semble & Meet at the meeting house in Said Dunstable on Monday 
the 2i 3C Day of March next at one of the clock afternoon. 
I st To Chuse all Town Officers for the Ensuing Year Required by Law. 
2 4 To hear the Town accounts & Do anything Relating the Same as 
Shall then be agreed on. 

3 dl >' To See if the Town Will Do any thing to Shew Cause why the 
Petition of William Cumings & Others should not be Granted who have 
Petitioned the General Court to be annexed to Holies & Do any thing 
Relating the Same as shall then be agreed on 

4 tbl >" To see if the Town Will Do any thing to Prevent the Common 
Being Over Stocked i act as shall then be agreed on & see that you 
make Due Return hereof & fail not at your Peril. 
Dated at Dunstable February 2S :h 2757 

Joseph Blanch ard ] 
Jon l Lovewell > Selectmen 

Jon l Lund J 

Province of) 
New Hamp / 

Pursuant To the Within Warrant I have Xotifyed & Warned all the 
freeholders & Other Inhabitants Qualified to Vote In the within Town 
affairs to meet at the Time & Place & for the Occasions as are Within 
mentioned. 
Dunstable March y* 2i at 1757 

his 
John x Searles Constable 
mark 
Dunstable April y* 2 d i757 
A true Copy taken from Dunstable town Book pr 

Jonathan Lund, Town Clerk 



232 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



At a Town Meeting of the freeholders & Other Inhabitants In Dun- 
stable Qualified to Vote In Town affairs assembled at the meeting house 
In Dunstable On Monday the 21 91 Day of Sepf 1757 

Extract of the Votes 

The Question Was Put if the Town of Dunstable Wou'd set off the 
Inhabitants & Land as Petitioned for by William Cumin gs &£ Others to 
be annexed to Holies or any Part thereof & Voted In the Negative 

then Voted that Joseph Blanchard .S: Zacheus Lovewell Esqrs. Sc Cap 1 
Joseph French be agents In the Behalf of the Town of Dunstable 
Joyntly or Severally or any two of them to Shew Cause Why the Prayer 
of the aforesaid Petition shou'd not be Granted | 

A True Copy pr. Jonathan Lund town clerk 
Dunstable April 2 d 1757 

A True Copy Taken from Dunstable Town Book pr 

Jonathan JLund Town Clerk 

Choice of agents March 2i ?t 1757 



At a meeting of the Freeholders & Other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Dunstable Regularly assembled at the house of Thomas Harwood In 
Dunstable the 5 th Day of March 1754 

Extracts of the Votes 

Voted that all the Inhabitants on the Place Called One Pine Hill viz : 
those to the West of Sampson Frenches £: John Butterlield making a 
strait Line be excused from all charges In fitting Raising & finishing 
the old meeting house. 

Dunstable april y e 2 1 1757 

A true Copy taken from Dunstable town Book 

Pr. Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable held at 
the house of M r Jonathan French On the 24 th Day of July 1749 Law- 
fully Warned for the following Purposes 

Extract of the Votes 

Also voted To hire a School for Eight months & that three months 
part thereof be Improved the North side Nashua River In two places. 
One the Most Convenient place at One pine Hill ^c that two months be 
Kept In the middle of the Inhabitants Between Nashua River & the 
Province Line £ that the Other three months be kept the One half at 
the South End »$: One half at the North End to be Determined by the 
Committee to be Chosen the Most Convenient Places for that Purpose 

Dunstable April y- 2 d 1757 

A true Coppy taken from Dunstable town Book. ! 

Pr Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

N. B. Y e Petitioners Live at a place called One pine hill 

'% 
At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable Assembled 

on Wednesday the 30 th Day of April 1746 

Extract of the Votes of said meeting 
Also Voted that the Inhabitants that by the Charter Was Incorporated 
With this Town of Dunstable Who Was by any Other Act or Law 
While Under the Jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Government Incor- 
porated With any Other Town or Parish & have Continued to Pay 
Rate^ to the Respective Ministers of those Places be & hereby are Voted 
and Excused from the Tax or Rates Due to M* Swan to Compieat his 
Salary Down to the Last Day of March Last 



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TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 233 

Dunstable April y e 2 1 1757 

A true Coppy taken from Dunstable town Books 

Pr. Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable assembled 
according to Law on Monday the Second Day of March 1746-7 
Extract of the Votes of Said Meeting. 

Whereas it has been proposed by the Inhabitants of this Town of 
Dunstable at Several Town Meetings to agree upon a Place Where to 
Erect a Meeting house for the Public Worship of God In this Town & 
no place being agreed upon & it Being Necessary that a place Should 
be fixed or agreed upon for Said Use & to Prevent the Charge of a Courts 
Committee ixi Settling the Same '& that the Same May be Don Just & 
Equal it is Proposed that a Committee of three Judicious men hereafter 
to be Named be chosen (Belonging to some Other Town or Towns") & 
that they be fully Impowered to meet & agree upon or fix a Certain place 
for Erecting a Meeting house In this Town of Dunstable cV that they 
View the Land in Settling the Same & that the Said Committee or the 
Maj r Part of them Certify to the Clerk of this Town (In Writing by 
them Signed) the Place they Shall agree upon or fix for Said use S: that 
In their Judgment it is a place that is Just & Equal & Will Best aeom- 
odate the Inhabitants of this Town of "Dunstable & the Clerk is hereby 
Ordered to Record the Same Which Being Done shall be &. Remain the 
Place for Building a Meeting house In this Town for the use aforesaid 
if the Land Can be had for the Same & that the Select men Desire-Said 
Committee to Meet In this Town & agree upon a Place as aforesaid 
upon the Cost & Charge of this Town — 

Voted In the affirmative 

Dunstable April y e 2 1 1757 

A true Coppy taken from Dunstable town Book 

Pr. Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

Province of New Hampshire 

We the Subscribers Being Chosen a Committee By the Town of Dun- 
stable In said Province at their Meeting the 2' 1 Day of March 1746-7 to 
fix & agree upon a place to Erect a house for the Public Worship of 
God In Said Dunstable according to the Directions in said Vote given 
us having Viewed the Land & hearing all Parties fully thereon So far 
as they See Cause have fixed & agreed That the Place for Build- the said 
house on be S: hereby is stated (as In our Judgments most Just & Rea- 
sonable to be all Circumstances Considered) By the high Way on the 
Easterly Side thereof about four Rods from said Way at a small Pine 
Marked against M r Samuel Whitings New field (so called) Near the 
Place Where the Road Comes from Phineas Lunds. 

as Witness our hands this 23 d Day of May 1747 

Joseph Fitch 
John Chamberlain 
Robert Fletcher 

A true Copy Attes 

Jon a Lovewell Town Clerk 

Dunstable April y* 2 d 1757 A true Coppy taken from Dunstable town 
Book pr. Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 



At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable In the 
Province of New Hamp' Being Regularly Assembled at the house of M r 
Thomas Harwood the-2i ,I; Day of- December 1753 

Then Voted the Place Wnereon to set up a house for Public Worship 



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I 234 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

on Lord? Day be at the Crotch of the Roads as Near as Can be With 
Convenience (Near the house where Jo n Lovewell Now Dwells) Voted 
thai the old Meeting house be Took Down Moved & Set upon the Place 
this night Voted for that Purpose & that the Same be forthwith Done 
|. & that the Hon Me Joseph Blanchard Esq r Z.acheus Lovewell Thomas 

Harwood Joseph French John Butterfield Jonathan Lund Ephraim 
Adams Jon- 1 Lovewell & amasa Parker be a Committee to Effect the 
Same & that the Necessary Charges be paid by this Town 

Dunstable April y z A yr 1757 
' - a true Cop H taken from Dunstable town Book 

Pr- Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

Then Voted that Joseph Fitch of Bedford Capt. William Laurance 
Esq r of Groton & Capt. John Chamberlain of Souhegan East "be the 
Committee to settle the Meeting house Place as afores d & that they 
make Report Within three Months | 

Voted that Capt. Rob' -Fletcher be Chosen to Serve In the afores d 
Com- ie in Case Either fail 

Dunstable April 2 l 1757 

A Copy Taken from Dunstable Town Book 

[Here follows a plan of Pine Hill on the west part of Dunstable, 
which is omitted. Ed.] 



DURHAM. 



[This town was originally part of Dover, and long had the name of 
Oyster-River. It was incorporated during the administration of Gov. 
Belcher, 15 May, 1732. Ed.] 

Petition for Incorporation as a Town. 

To the Hon Me John Usher Esq r Lev 1 Govern" Comand r in 

Chief of his Majes* 3 Province of New Hampshire and to the 

Hon M * the Councill. 

Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants of Oyster River Humbly 
Petition and Pray 

That whereas, his Moste Sacred Majesty King William has 
been pleased through his grace and favor to grant unto yo r 
Hon 1 ' by his Royall Commission with y° Councill full Powers j 

and authorities to Erect and Establish Towns within his Majes- 
ties Province and whereas now y r Petitioners have by divine 
providence settled and Inhabited that Part in this his Majes t3 
Province Comonly Called Oyster River and have found that by 
the scituation of the place as to Distance from Dover or Exe- 
ter butt more Especially Dover now being forced to wander 
I through the Woods to y l place to meet to and for y e manage- 

ment of our affaires are much Disadvantaged for y e Present in 
our Business and Estates and hindered of adding a Town and 
People for the Hon r of his Majesty in the Inlargement and In- 



TOWN PAPERS — DURHAM. 



2 35 



creas of. his Province Wee humbly Supplicate that yo T Hon" 
would takeittto yo r Consideration and grant that we may have a 
Township confirmed by your honours which we humbly offer 
the bound Thereof may Extend as follovveth. To begin at the 
head of Rialls his cove and so to run upon a North west line 
seven Miles and from thence with Dover line Parrelell untill 
we meet with Exeter line that yo'" Hon 1 would be pleased to 
Grant this Petition which will not only be a great benentt Both 
to the Settlement of our Ministry The Population of the 
place the Ease of the Subject and the strengthening and ad- 
Province butt an Enea2ement for vo r 



vanta<rm<r of his majest' 
Petitioners Ever to pray 
and Prosperity 

John Smith 

Josenh Jones 

James x Bunker Sen. 

John Williams 

Thomas Williams 

William Willvoums 

Henery Vines ? 

Nathaniel! Meder 

John Meder Sener 

John Meder Jn 

William Faster x his mark 

James x his mark 

Philep Dudy. x his mark 

Derneret x his mark 

Joseph Jengens x his mark 

James Bonker x his mark 

James ? 

Joseph Meder 
Toseoh Smith 
Edward Wakeham 
Thomas Wille 
Thomas Chesley 
Philip Chesley sen 
Francis Pittman 
Thomas Chesley Jr. 



the Safetv & Increase of vo r Hon r 



George Chesley 
William Jackson 
Joseph Bunker 
John Woodman 
Stephen Jones 

— ? Davis x mark 

Samson Doe 

John Doe 

Jeremiah Cromen 

James x Durgin mark 

Willioum x Durginn ma : 

Elias Critchett 

Phillup Cromel - mark 

John Cromel 

Jeremiah Burnnum 

John Smith 

Thomas Bickford 

John Meder 

Francis Mathes 

Henry Nock 

John Willy x mark 

Thomas Eagerly 

John Edgerly 

Edward x Lethers his mark 

Henry Ma^h 

William x Durgin his mark 



Ecclesiastical document relating to Durham, 1 7-3- 

Rev t:d Hon.- & beloved. 

understanding Col. Davis & his wife are ab* to Joyn in full 
com" w th yo r church tb.is is y a by virtue of y e communion of 
churches to enter my objection ag" f y' u for scandalous crimes 
untill their publick confession & reformation 

I st crime ag 5t him is his hipocrisy in pretending he could 
not w th our church on acc u of Capt. Jones who (as he said) 



had taken a false oath ab* Caot. Hills land at y e fa 



.3 w 



Jos 



236 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

mender also when he Considered not the beam in his own eye 
relating to another oath he himself took concerning Wheel- 
wrights pond 

2' 1 crime is his Sacrilegious fraud in his being The ringleader 
of the point peoples first rase of my first years sallary retain- 
ing 16 pound thereof now almost sixteen years 

3 d crime is his Sacrilegious covetousness of the parsonage 
land for his son Daniel acting thereby like Ahab coveting & 
forceable entry upon Naboths Vineyard 

4' 11 his late wresting the Law of this Province in his partial 
Spite ag" r his own legal minister for so innocently playing at 
nine pins at a house noways license for a Tavern & also for re- 
proaching & defaming s' 1 minister as being in drink or dis- 
guised there'" 11 besides his the s '• Jas. Davis being so desper- 
ately & notoriously wise m his own conceit his pretending to 
have»so much religious discourse in his mouth & yet live so 
long (40 years) in hatred unto contempt of & stand neuter 

from our crucified Saviour Sc his honouring his sons & his I 

1 
wife also above the Lord of Heaven by his hearkeing to them 

more & rather than to him 1 sanr 2 : 29 

in the second place ag : * her the s' ! Elizabeth his wife, 1 

I st crime is her railing ag~ l the s l minister publickly at the 
church meeting in the meeting house by saving that the s 1 
minister told a lie in the pulpit atv Sobriety Thomas &e 

2 crime is her profane mockery at Christ's ordinance of a 
church meeting for discipline by her saying in a way of de- 
rision theres going to be another caball now i e a horse rack- 
ing from caballas the starey constellation or else a secret coun- 
cil for some mystery of iniquity 

3 d crime is her being disorderly as a busy body at every one 
of her husbands Courts to be his advisor or intermedier in his 
passing judg'- i: in any case as if he sh d regard her more than 
his oath the Law or evidence if these criminals will have these 
crimes to be proved at any church meeting to hear the Same 
w ch y: reV erend pastor Mr. Jona Gushing may please to ap- 
point. Then as the Hon bo Col. Richard Waldron Esq. is one 
of the members of yo r Church in full comunion &. a chief Jus- 
tice of peace for the Province as a Subject I desire but as an 
Iambassad" for Christ I demand of his Hon 1 " aforesaid a blank 
sumons & notification seasonably as a complain 1 to sumons ev- 
idence for the confirmation of y~ premises as witnesses [two 
Hebrew words] (1) Pastor. 

the woman's 4 r:i crime is her so evidently insnaring her son 
Thomas into so many denials of any such concern 1 - w'- h Sobri- 
ety Thomas in all that Scandalous business. For which cum 
mult is ali is &c as baptized Children of the covenant by their 

"" '(!}" "This was undoubtedly written bv Rov. Hugh Adams, of Durham. Sse Prov 
Pap. Vol. IV. and V., "Adams." Eu. 



TOWN PAPERS — DURHAM. 2^ 

prop r minister they are both of y™ Lad under y e Censure of his 
pastoral rejection as unbaptized heathen man & woman as War- 
ranted by the law of christ in Titus 3:10 1 Tim ° 1 : 20 Titus 
2:15 Math 16 : 19 Mai 2:71 Sam 1 15 : 23 Math 3 : 10. Acts 
8 : 13 : 2i : 23 untill thsr publick Confession & amendnr of life 
— concerning whom therefore I must suppose in charity for 
yo r church by the receiving such among you w d not dare to 
transgresse these written orders in the Apostolick Law of Christ 
1 Cor. 5:11 So Sundry other Scriptures. 



Petition of sundry aggrieved inhabitants of Oyster River. 
To the Honorable John Wintworth Esq re Lieir Govenor and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Maj te ~ Province of 
New Hampshire in New England and to the Honorable his 
Majs r ' Ji Coanciel and Representatives for said province. 
The Humble Petition of Sundry aggreved Inhabitance of 
the parish of Oyster River Most humbly Sheweth Whereas 
we the Subscribers In Habitance of said parish Have allways 
been Constant hearers and Paid our Rats to the Minister of 
said Parish as by the Rait- List of assessment Will make ap- 
pear and Likewise Sundry of us have Been at a Consederabel 
Charge in Bulding a Meating House in said parish it being 
Nier and more Convenent for us to attend upon the Publick 
Worship of God at Oyster River Meeting House then at Co- 
checho Meeting House which is a great way further for us to 
go tho Never the Less as we understand w r e are in Danger of 
Being Excluded from our said Priviledges by such an Unequal 
Line of Boundary between the parish of Oyster River and Co- 
checho which if being so stated will be Greatly to the Damage 
of yo r Petitionors. 

We do therefore Humbly Crave Liberty of the More Mature 
and Superior Judgment of your honours in the General As- 
sembly praying yor honours to take it in Consideration that 
there may be a more Equael Line of Bound'ry Set so that yo r 
aggrieved petitionars may not be under such Grat hard ships. 
and yor petitioners shall ever pray, 

Joseph Jones in behalf of the 
Rest whose names are to be given in 
Joseph Daniel Zachrah Edgeley 

William Broun William Glines 



James Jackson Samuel Daves 

Thomas Lethers Joseph Hiks 



I 

■ John Tasker James Busell 



Samuel Ghasley Morres Fouller 

Joshua Chasley John Busell 



23S NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Joseph Parkins Eli Demerett 

Thomas Bickford William Demerett 

Ralph Horll John Demerett 

Samuall Parkins John Huckins 

Joseph Jones Jun r Job Demerett 

Benj. Jones Derry Pitman 

John Jones Thomas Willey Jun. 

John Rand Joseph Daniel the third 

John Remiss Noel Crose 

Timothy Moses John Daniel 

Thomas ? Benjamin Evens 

Samuel Chesle Harvey Buswell 

John Allan . . William Buswell 

Dec. 10, 1729. 



Petition of Francis Maikes and others for a neve parish in 

Durha?n. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq r Governor and Com- 
mander In Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of Xew 
Hampshire 'in New England, the Hon ble His Majesty's Coun- 
cil and House of Representatives for said Province In Gen- 
eral Court Convened Jany. 31 st 1739 

The Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Durham in Said Province Humbly Shews, 

That the Inhabitants of the Said Town are divided Into two 
parties Respecting their Ecclesiastical atfairs, the One such as 
adhere to the Reverend M r Hugh Adams the late Minister of 
the Said Town & who Continues so to the said party, the other 
(who are much the Greater) are such as have Oppos'd his 
Standing in that Relation to them, & still Continue so to do. 
That notwithstanding it was the opinion 8c Result of the late 
Ecclesiastical Council held there that it would not be Expedi- 
ent for him to be any Longer the "Minister of the said Town 
yet considering his former Services his advanced years and the 
unhappy Circumstances of himself Sc Family they Earnestly 
Recommended and press'd it upon the said Inhabitants that 
they should Liberally make Provision for his Support during 
the Stay of himself & Family among them — which is what 
would be highly agreeable to your Petitioners 

That altho Several propositions have been made touching 
that matter yet nothing has been agreed on nor any care taken 
to Secure the performance thereof in the manner Recommended 
as aforesaid. 

That your Petitioners apprehend it would be a great Inde- 
cency if he who was once 8c so long the Minister of the said 
Town should have no other provision made for his Support 



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2 39 



and that he should be Reduced to a Necessity of Depending 
upon such a Subsistence 

That your Petitioners are desirous Still to Sit under his Min- 
istry and are willing to support him & his Family Suitable to 
his character & Station among them, and conceive that his 
being Comfortably Supported would have a good Tendency & 
be the Means of making peace in the Town (respecting Eccle- 
siastical matters) and would keep all parties quiet <.v. Easy. 
But your Petitioners however willing are notof ability to afford 
such Support while they are Subject to & pay towards the 
Maintenance of another Minister, in the Town. 

Wherefore they most Humbly pray that they with Such oth- 
ers of the Said Town as will associate with them (not Exceed- 
ing the one half) may be Exempted from paying toward the 
Support of any other Minister & May be discharged from all 
charge* of that nature laid on them by Law by their Oppo- 
nents from the time of the aforesaid Result and may be Incor- 
porated as a Parish during the Life of the Said M r Adams in 
order to Maintain him & his Family Sz to Enjoy the Benefit of 
his Ministry. 

Or that the Town in General may be Obliged to afford him 
a Comfortable Subsistence during his abode there Or that Such 
other Method may be pursu'd as this Hon ' l e Court in their Great 
Wisdom & goodness Shall think proper for the peace of the 
Town & the Ease of chat aged Gentleman — and your petition- 
ers as In duty bound Shall ever pray &c. 



■ Francis Mathes 
Thomas Footman 
Thomas Drew 
Joseph Wheeler 
William Lord 
John Edgeriy 
Stevephen Wille 
Joseph Stevenson 
John Footman 
Joseph Footman 
Benjamin Pender 
John Durgen 
Benjamin Durgen 
Benjamin Pinder Junr. 
Frances Durgen 
Joseph Drew 
John Kant 
Moses Edgeriy 
John Kant junr. 
John Drewe 
Benjamin Be net 
James Durgain Jun. 
William Durgain 
James Durgain 
Will !n Durgain Jun. 
Joseph Durgain 



Towerthey Durgain 
Joshua Durgain 
Hazekiah Marsh 
Joseph Duda 
Joseph Duda Jun. 
Benmor Dnda 
John Cromut 
Phillip Cromut 
David Davis 
Jacob Tash 
Isacc Mason 
Nathariael Watson 
Nathaniel Frost 
John Smart 
John Mason 
Benjamin Burdet 
Pumfret Whitehouse 
Vallitin Hill 
Sam'- Adams 
Sam ! Willey 
Joseph Bickford 
Abraham Ban neck 
Benjamin Banneck 
Jonathan Durgain 
William Wormwood 
Joseph Edgeriy 



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Thomas Bickford William Accason 

Abraham Stevnsoh Joseph Edgly 

John Bickford 
February the 15" 1 1739-40. In the house of Representatives. 
The within Petition read and Voted the Petition be dismissed. 

James Jeffry Cier. Ass m 
In Coun 1 feb 2i 4t t 739-40 

Read and the Question put whether the Council Concurr'd with the 
representatives vote. 

four voted yea & four nay w cb were all that were present. 

R. Waldron Sec? 



Durham July y e 24 th 1740 
A list of Names of all the Soldiery that Is under my Comand from 
Sixteen years old and upward as the Law Directs. 

, John Smith Jun r Capt" 



Sargt Thomas Stevenson 
Sarg Samuel Wiiley 
Sargjohn Crummet 
Sarg John Edgvrly 
Cor. Joseph Wormwood 
Cor Joseph Davis 
Cor. Joseph Ed^erly 
Cor. John Durgain 
John Footman 
Joseph Footman 
Samuel Smith 
Benja. Smith 
Joseph Chasly 
Ebenezer Smith 
Benj 1 Pender 
Francis Durgain 
Eliphaiet Daniel 
Reuben Daniel 
John Kent 
John Kent Jun. 
Abraham Mathews 
John Drew 
Elijah Drew 
The. Bickford 
Robert Kent 
Tho. Langley 
William Lord 
Stephen Wiiley 
Benja Mathews 
Nolintin Mathews 
Abraham Mathews Jun • 
Joseph Stevenson 
Abraham Stevenson 
Caleb Wakham 
Francis Footman 
Daniel Davis 
Tho Footman Jun. 
John Genikins 
Benia Genikins 



Robert Burnham Jun. 
John Burnham Jun. 
Richard Dunmore 
Ben;a Davis 
Jabez Davis 
Jeremiah Davis 
So'omon Davis 
Ebenezer Davis 
Samuel Meeder 
James Burnham 
Ichbod Denmore 
Joseph Bickford 
John Langly 
Jobe Langley 
Hezekiah Marsh 
Willm Wiiley 
John Mason 
Daniel Doo 
John Doo 
Joseph Doo 
Benja Doo 

Will" Wormwood Jun. 
Wili"'Jncks 
Joshua Crumet 
Abraham Bennet Jun. 
James Durgain Jun. 
Will" Durgain 
Phillip Crommet 
Benja Bennet 
Isac Mason 
David Davis 
Samuel Joy 
Joshua Davis 
Joseph Dudy 
Joseph Dudy Jun. 
Benmore Dudv 
Tho Willev 
Theodor Wiiley 
James Smith 






TOWI, PAPERS DURHAM. 24 1 

Joseph Smith Joshua Woodman 

Tho ¥orke John Crete! set 

Samuel Watson John Willej 

Joseph Gleden James Burnhamjun 

A true Coppy of the List Rool taken y e Last Training Day and Cop- 
pyed out July y^ 29'^ 1740 Total 86 

Joseph Drew Clerk 



Daniel Mead e^s Petition*, JFeb, n, 1745. 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq" Govenor& Com- 
mander In Chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire the Hon. '-' His Majesty's Council & House of 
Representatives in General Assembly Convened the n : Day 
of Feb' 1744-5 

The Humble Petition of Daniel Meader of Durham in the 
Province of New Hampshire in behalf of himself & the People 
called Quakers Inhabitants of Durham afores- - Shews 

That your Petition was Chosen Constable of the Said Town 
j at their annual Meeting in March 1743 for that year & at the 

same time One Isaac Clarke was chosen a Constable or Col- 
lector of the Minister Rate thereby Intending to Exonerate the 
Constable of the Town (properly so called) from that service. 

That since that Choice M Hugh Adams has Recovered a 
Judgment ag y s Town at the Court of Appeals for a consid- 
erable sum of Money w h the Town was obliged to Raise, a 
Meeting was called Sc a vote was past for Raising a sum of 
Money but Expres'd in a Covert disguised manner purposely 
concealing the use & design to which it was to be applied with 
an Intent as your Petitioner Conceives both to oblige him to 
Collect it & the Quakers to pay a part of it who are Exempted 
by law from paving any part of money Raised to the use for 
w :i this was Really designed — And pursuant hereto a list of 
Rates was made wherein all Denominations were taxed to- 
wards the sum voted as aforesaid & artifice & contrivance used 
to get it into the hands of your Petitioner & to oblige him to 
Collect the money. 

That as the Laws of the Province do not oblige any man or 
men to pay towards the Support of any way of Worship but 
that which he or they attend much less will they Compel any 
man to Collect money for the Support of that mode of worship 
from which he dissents and the money adjudged to M Adams 
aforesaid & which has been Collected" (with other money) and 
since paid to him Comes within the meaning of the Province 
Laws granting Liberty of Conscience & other Privileges re- 
specting Religious worship as any sum to be raised for any 
- ministers yearly Salary. 
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242 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

' I 

Wherefore y' Petition 1 " Humbly prays that as the Quakers 
have not yet paid the part of said Rates which they were as- 
sessed they may be Exempted & discharged from paying the 
same and he Exonerated from the burthen of making such Col- 
lection And farther as your Petioner conceives the Collecting 
any part of Said Rates was an unjust Imposition on him he 
Prays that he may be paid by the Said Town a Quantum 
Meruit for that Service and he will as in Duty bound Ever pray 

Daniel Meder. 



Petition of Joseph Thomas and other inhabitants of Dur- 
ham. 



To the Hon" 1 ' the House of Representatives for the Province 
of New Hampshire in General Assembly Convened Not* 

1755- 

Humbly Shows: Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Durham in Said Province That they apprehend themselves ag- 
grieved By the Return made by two of the Select men of Said 
Town of the Person said to be Chosen to Represent the Said 
Town in the Last Election for That they Conceive upon a fair 
Examination of the Facts Relative thereto, it will be found 
That Joseph Thomas their Late Representative was really the 
Person Legally chosen & Ought to have been so Returned. 

That the true State of the Case is thus, upon Reading & 
Counting the Written Votes put in it appeared that Lieut 
Stephen Jones had one more Vote than Said Thomas upon 
which there appeared a Sufficient Number (who being Doubt- 
ful whether it could be so upon a fair Examination) Desired a 
Poll to Put the matter beyond Dispute which was accordingly 
Granted the Event of which was that there were thirty nine 
Polls in favour of said Thomas 8c thirty two Polls in favour of 
said Jones — whereupon the Moderator Declared the said Thomas 
the Person Elected & Directed the Clerk to make the Entry 
accordingly — Yet so it is that the said Jones is Returned as the 
Person Elected & said to be Notified to attend accordingly all 
which upon an Impartial Inquiry will Turn out as your Peti- 
tion" apprehend to be a Misrepresentation & a bold Infringe- 
ment upon the Rights & Libertys of the Electors & worthy of 
Inquiry & Exami- wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray 
the Premises may be taken under Consideration by this Hon b " 
House & Such a Resolution form'd thereupon as shall be found 
upon Examina 1 - to be agreeable to the Truth of the Different 

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TOWN PAPERS DURHAM. 243 

facts & allegations Produced cl made by the Different Parties 

Concern'd and your Petition™- Shall Pray &c. 

Jos Thomas 
Eliphalkt Daniel 
Jonathan Durgain 
Renj Jenkins 



Petition for a highway. 

Province of) 
WewHamp. j 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq r Captain General and 
Governour in chief in and over his Majest" Province of New 
Hampshire & To the Honourable his Majesty^ Councill & 
House of Representatives in General Court Convened This 
Eleventh Day of February A. D. 176S 

The Petition of us the Subscribers being Inhabitants and 
Freeholders of Durham, Newmarket and Towns adjacent 
Most Humbly Sheweth That at his Majesty's Court of General 
Sessions of the peace begun & held at Portsmouth within and 
for the said Province of New Hampshire on the first Tuesday 
of September last, Your Petitioners humbly Petitioned said 
Court of Sessions for a 4i High way of two Rods wide to be laid 
out from the Bridge at Lamprele River To the Road leading 
from Durham Point to Durham Falls in The following manner 
viz. beginning at the County Road at said Lamprele River near 
Joseph Hams Dwelling House & to Run as the Path now 
Runs through lands of Walter Bryant Esq r and Abraham Ben- 
nett To lands of Samuel Smith at the Gate at the Head of said 
Smiths Pasture from thence running between said Smith & 
Bennitts Land to the afores ] path at the Head of said Smiths 
lane and Down said Smiths Lane To the End thereof. Thence 
running between said Smith & Bennitts land & Through Said 
Smiths land as The path now goes To Lands of Joseph Chesle 
Thence Through the Several Lands of SaidChesley The heirs 
of Ebenezer Smith Esq' Deceased and John Smith to lands of 
Thomas Stevenson & through said Stevensons land between 
his House & Barn To lands of Joseph Footman & through said 
Footmans Land to lands of Dependance Bickford & John Dur- 
gin and through said Bickford &"Durgins land To & through 
Lands belonging To the said Heirs of Ebenezer Smith To 
Mathes* Creek (so called) near the Mill and over the said 
Creek between lands of the Honourable Peter Levius Esq r and 
John Kent To Lands in possession of John & Joseph, Drew 
Thence running between said Levius & Drews Land To a 
Road Leading from Durham Point to Lamprele River" — and 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



.at. the Court of General Sessions holden at said Portsmouth in 
December last The Petitioners prayed for a Committee To 
view the Several Lands Through which said Road was In- 
tended to be laid out and To Report To the said Court of Ses- 
sions Thereon but the Court refused To send a Committee or 
to grant the prayer of the said Petitioner and accordingly the 
Petition was Dismissed by means whereof your Petitioners are 
much aggrieved as the said Way if laid out would much Com- 
mode your Petitioners as well as his Majestys Subjects in gen- 
eral. Wherefore your said Petitioners Most humbly pray that 
your Excellency & Honours would Take The matter, under 
your Consideration & Cause the said place to be viewed & if 
the said way should' appear to be necessary & Convenient Then 
To order the Said Way to be laid out and opened in such way 
& manner as your Excellency and Honours snail in your great 
wisdom Think fit and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound will 
Ever pray 



Feb. i.i" 1766. 
David Davis 
Moses Edgerly Jr. 
Truworthy Durgin Jur 
Stephen Wille Juti 
Math' Norton 



James Cram 
Tho" Stevenson 
Joseph Drew 
John Drew 

Joseph Wormwood Jr. 
Dep. Bickford 
Francis Mathes 
John Edgerly 
John Smith 
George Tuttel 
Tim' Murray 
John Mundro 



George Bickford 
Votentme Mathes \ 
John Mead 
Ede Hall Bergin 
Zebulon Doe Jun. 
Jonathan Dot 
Edward Smith 
Bradstreet Doe 

Province of ) In the House of Representatives Feb r8 1, 1768 
New Hamp. f The within Petition being Read 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition the third Da/ 
of the Siting of the General Assembly next after the tenth Day of 
March next and that they at their own Cost Serve the Selectmen of 
Durham with a Copy of this Petition and Order of Court that they 
May Shew Cause why the Prayer thereof should not be Granted 

M. Weare Or. 
In Council Feb r iO/ b 1768 
Read & coneurr'd 

Geo. King Dep. Sec 7 
Province of ) In the House of Representative? March 15- 1 1768 
New Hamp. /The Parties being heard on this Petition and the matter 
Considered — 
Voted That Andrew Wiggin Esq 1 " Capt. Eliphelet Merrill and Capt. 
Ei'ekiel Worthen be a Committee to View the Road Petitioned for to 
hear what any Persons Concermd may olfer and make Report to the 
General Assembly as soon as may be. The Cost of the Committee to 
be Paid by the Petitioners 

M. Weare CV 



TOWN PAPERS EPPING. 245 

Pro', iace ) At a Town meeting of the Free holders & other Inhab- 
of New I lamp, j itants of Durham held at the Meeting House in s 1 Dur- 
ham on Monday the 7 th day of March 176S at 3 o'clock. 
P. M. 
Voted that Capt. Thomas Cheslev shall be an agent in behalf of the 
Town to answer to a Petition signed by Thomas Stevenson & others, 
Directed to the Governor. Council and representatives of s 1 Province 
requesting a High Way To be laid out from the Bridge at Lampereel 
River To the Road leading from Durham Point to Durham Fails. And 
to shew cause why the Prayer of s 1 Petition should not be granted. 
A True Copy — Attest John Smith S. Cler pro tempore 



EPPING. 

[Epping was incorporated 12 February. 1741. Ed.] 



Petition of the Inhabitants of lipping jfor men to protect 

the?n. 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth EsoJ Governour aad 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire and the Hon His Majesties Council and 
House of Representatives for said Province in General As- 
sembly Convened 

Humbly Shevveth the Freeholders and Inhabitants of Epping 
in s' 1 Province that your Petitioners are Sensible of the weak 
and Defenceless State of 'the Town of Nottingham which Lies 
on our Border — That the Inhabitants there Seem very much 
Discouraged Insomuch that Some are Removed and others are 
about Removing- one of Town. That if that Settlement should 
Break up this Parish with Part of New Market and Durham 
will become Frontiers which we of ourselves Shall not we fear 
be able to Defend and the Enemy who will be much Incour- 
aged will have near access to the very Boweiis of the Province 
which may Possibly have very Fatal Consequences. 

We Do therefore by these Presents Humbly Request your 
Excellency and Honours to take the Premises with other Rea- 
sons that may occur into your wise Consideration and if it ap- 
pear Proper make Provision for and send to said Town of 
Nottingham to be Kept there for their Safeguard and Defence — 
Such a number of Men as may be needfull for that Purpose 
and as that Town is very much Exposed we Humbly Presume 
that a much Larger number will be necessarv for that End than 
has been allowed them in years Past, and as "the Common Road 
between Red Oak Hill so culled and Nottingham is verv Dan- 



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gercus to Pass we Would Request that a Smail Scout of Men 
Maybe sent to the named Garesonon Pantuckaway road to scout 
from thence to Sanborns Garrison when not wanted for that to 
Guard the People at s' 1 Garrisons May it Pleas Your Excel- 
lency and Honours it appears to us that our Safety in a Great 
Measure Depends upon the Safety of Nottingham" which we 
Hope you will Effectually Provide for and we shall Esteem it 
as an Instance of your Paternal Care not only of Nottingham 
but of your Petitioners also who as in Duty Bound shall Erer 
Pray &c. 



Edward Stevens 
Jonathan Foulsom 
Benjamin Rawling* 
David Page 
Richard Samborn 
Nathan Samborn 
Jonathan Keesey 
Joseph Goodhue 
Onisipherous Page 
Joseph Edgerly 
John Elkins 
Daniel Elkins 
Samuel Elkins 
Robert Hinkson 
John Hinkson 
John Dudley 
Moses Hoyt 
James Chase 
Jacob Freese 
Elias Smith 
Jeremiah Prescut 
William Prescut 
Abraham Brown 
John Rowell 
John Page 

■ th 



James Whidden 
Joseph Emerj 
Jo?eph Cass 
Ezekiel Brown 
Abraham Folsom 
Jonathan Smith 
Jonathan Rundlet 
Eleazer Elkins 
Jeremiah Elkins 
Is'rel Biak 
Joseph Blak 
Jediah Blake 
Jeremiah Prescot 
John Prescut 
William Eaton 
Jonathan Gliden 
Joseph Noris 
Moses Noris 
John Noris 
John Man ten 
Daniel Manten 
Ebenezer Manten 
Caleb Gillman 
Israel Gillman 
John Morison 



Epping March 5 tu 1747 

In Council March 8 th 1747 

read & ordered to be sent down to j* Hon b '» House 

Theo* 5 Atkinson Sec' 



EPSOM. 

[This town was incorporated iS May, 1727. Ed.] 



An Act to invest Proprietors of JB-psom, with toivn rights^ dcc~ 
Anno Regni Regis Georgii Secundi Magna? Britannize Francis & Hi- 

berniae Decimo Septimo. 

An Act to Invest the Proprietors oi the Township of Epsome with 



TOWN PAPERS — -ItPSOM. 247 

the Powers & Privileges of any other Proprietors of Townships in this 
Province. 

Whereas the said Proprietors have Represented that thej were not 
Enabled to proceed in the Settlement of their Township so Effectual!/ 
as they might do for want of sufficient powers and authorities of Law 
to Enforce & Expedite the payment of such Sums of Money as should 
be agreed & voted by the said" Proprietors to be Raised for the promot- 
ing & Carrying on the Settlement aforesaid — And as the making such 
Settlements are of General Benefit to the Province as well as for the 
Interest of the Particular Proprietors 

Be it therefore Enacted by His .Excellency Govern 1, Council & Rep- 
resentatives in General Assembly Convened" Si by the authority of the 
!'• tame That the said Proprietors of the Said Township of Epsorne shall 
be & hereby are invested with all the Powers Authorities & Privileges 
given by Law to the Proprietors of any Town ship within this Province 
Respecting the voting Assessing Raising & Collecting or Levying any 
Sum or Sums of Money that have been or shall be agreed upon & voted 
by the Majority of the said Proprietors at any Legal meeting for defray- 
ing the charge of the Gospel Ministry in the s d Township and for the 
future may Lawfully use & Exercise the same Powers, Authorities & 
privileges in ail other respects as occasion shall serve as fully & amply 
to all Intents & purposes whatsoever as the Proprietors of any Town- 
ship in this Province & in the same manner as if the same had been 
herein particularly mentioned and in Like manner may proceed to call 
or notify any future meeting of the said Proprietors Si to order Govern 
& manage their proceedings & affairs at such meeting This act to Con- 
tinue bl be in force for the Space of five Years §C no Longer. 
In the House of Representatives apr iS 1 '' 1744. 

The above Eiil Pvead three times «k past to be Enacted 

And" Wiggin Speaker 



Petition of John Weeks. 

Province of 1 
New Hamp f 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Governor and 
Commander in chief in and over his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire, The Honorable His Majestys Councill and 
House of Representatives in General Assembly Convened 
the Third day of March 1761 

The Petition of John Weeks of Hampton in Province of 
New Hampshire Esq r in behalf of and as agent for the Propri- 
etors of Epsom in said Province Most humbly sheweth That 
a Considerable part of the land in Said Epsome is owned by 
Noh Residents. That there is no law in this Province whereby 
Proprietors of Common and undivided lands can raise Money 
by Taxes and Cause the same to be Collected. That the In- 
habitants of said Epsom are unable to build a meeting house 
for the Public Worship of God or to support a Minister of the 
Gospel among them That the Proprietors of Epsom aforesaid 
at a meeting of said Proprietors held at Epsom aforesaid by 



248 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

adjournment on the tenth day of September 1760 voted that the 
Proprietors of land in said Epsom Should pay two Shillings 
old Tenor per acre for every acre of land which then was laid 
out in Severalty in Said Town To be paid within one year from 
the said Tenth day of September afores' 1 Partly to pay for the 
perambulating the Several lines of said Town and for laving 
out the undivided lands hi said Town and the Remainder to be 
applied towards building a meeting house and maintaining a 
Minister in said Epsom — Also That the Proprietors aforesaid 
should pay one Shilling old. Tenor per acre per year for five 
years next after the said one year should be expired, to be ap- 
plied towards the building a meeting house and maintaining a 
Minister in s { Epsom" and at the same meeting voted your Peti- 
tioner agent for said Proprietors to prefer a Petition to the 
General Assembly for a Confirmation of said Vote : 

Wherefore your Petitioners in the Capacity afores' 1 prays 
your Excellency and Honours by an act to Ratify and Confirm 
Said Vote And" to Authorize & Imoower the said Proprietors 
to tax all the lands laid out in Severalty in said Epsom on the 
said Tenth day of September afores at two Shillings old Tenor 
per acre for one year for the use and purpose aforesd. And to 
enable the said Proprietors to Collect the Same also to tax for 
rive years next after the said one year every acre o r land that 
shall then he laid out in Severalty in said Town at one Shil- 
ling old Tenor per. acre each year for the use and purpose afor- 
said and to enable the said Proprietors to Collect the Same, 

John- Weeks Agent 
In Council March 3 1 1761 

read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon 1 ' 1 ' Assembly. 

Theod Atkinson Secy 

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The Petition of the Inhabitants of Epsom for abating 
the Province J ax. 

Province of \ 

New Hatnp / 

To his Exelency Benning Wentworth Esq' Cap 1 General Gov- 
ernour & Commander in Chief in and over his 'Majestys 
Province of Xew Hampshire and to the Honable Counceill 
& house of Representatives now Convened in General As- 
sembly at Portsmouth 
the Petition of his Majestys Good Subjects Inhabitants of the 

township of JEpsom in Said Province Humbly Sheweth 

W r e the Poor Inhabitants of the township of Epsom in Sard 

Province humbly Beg Leave to Remonstrate our Very Poor 

Distressing Curcumstances to your Compassion & Most Earn- 



TOWN PAPERS EPSOM. 249 

estly Crave your Pity and pray your Honours to Relieve us from 
the unsuportablc Burden of Province tax under which we are 
made to Grone and Which we think we Cannot Possibly Sur- 
vive under unless your Honours Will be Pleased to Mitigate 
and free us from. Gentlemen our Numbers are Very small & 
we are very much Exposed to Losses our young Cattle Sheep 
& Swine are often Destroyed by Wild beasts and further we 
have. Lately Seteled a minister among us which we are afTraid 
we Shall not be able to Support by Reason of the Poor Cir- 
cumstances we are now under we are not able to Build a Meet- 
ing House but our Minister is obliged to Preach in Some of 
our Dwelling houses the tax which was Laid on us the Last 
year roam' of us were' obliged to hire- the money to Pay our 
Necessities are very Grate by Reason of the Scarcity of Pro- 
visions we have been obliged to Lay out all that we have got 
for years Past & are now much in Debt this is to Entreat your. 
Honours to take of the heavy tax which we now Labour un- 
der & Restore us. the money we Paid Last year & your Peti- 
tioners Shall Ever Pray as in Duty Bound 

J.ohn McClarj. Isaac Lebbee Jun. 

George Walles Reuben Lebbee 

Nathan Marden - Amos Blaso 

John Black Samuel Beckford 

Ephraim Lock Samuel Black 

Reuben Sanborn Jun. Thomas Hins 

Eliphaiet Sanborn John Blaso 

Reuben Sanborn Ephraim Berj 

James Wood William Blake 

Abraham Lebbee Benson Flam 

Abraham Walles John McGaffey 

Benjamin Blake Andrew McClery 

Thomas Blake Abner Evens 
Isaac Lebbee 

In Council Tune Z^ 1762 

Read & Order'd to be sent down to the Hon 61 * Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Jun. Sec* 



Province of '} 
New Hampshire > 

Epsom Ma j the 26, 1760 

these are to notifie the propriters of the town of Epsom to meat at 
the house of Cap' Andrew McClarey inepsom on wensdaythe eigh tenth 
of June next at ten of the clock in the fore noon then and their to see 
if the proprietors will asist the inhabitance in balding a meating house 
and asist the inhabitance about the hiring a minister or an v other thing 
that mav be thot proper for the benefit of s - town and to see if the pro- 
pritors will devide the undevided Land in epsom and likewise see if 
the v will preambiate the several lines in s l! Epsom. 

A true Copy atest by N Marden proprietors Clark 

John M Clary ) Q , . 

^ t D , ,- > Selectmen 

Thomas Blake j 



25O i£E:W HAMPSHIRE 



EXETER. 



[Exeter was purchased of certain Indian Sachems by Rev. John 
Wheelwright and others, 3 Aprii, 1638. The purchase embraced thirty 
miles Square. Under this purchase, the settlement was made.] 



Combination at Exeter^ 1639. 
[See and compare copy from Ancient Record of Exeter, Prov. Pap. 
Vol. Ljpp. 131—133-} 



1 



At a Legal meeting of the Proprietor* of the town of Epsom held at 

the house of Cap'- Andrew McClary on wensday the iS day ox' June 1760 

s 1 roted M r Isaac Lebbee to be moderator for the present moating. 

2 Yoted that the meeting be adjorned untill the tenth day of Septem- 
ber next at ten of the Clock Before noon to be held at the place afore* 4 
A true copy atest by 

Nathan Mar den proprietors Clark 

f 

September the id, 1760 

1 voted Nathan Marden be propritors Clark for the propriters of 
Epsom untill another be chosen. 

2 voted that the proprietors pay two Shillings pr. Acre old tener for 
all and every acre of Land which is laid into Severelty in the town of 
Epsom within one year from this Date partly to pay for the perambe- 
lating the Lines of s l Epsom & laving out the undevided Land and the 
remander to be applyd towards Building a meating house & mantain- 
ing a menester in s J Epsom and also that the propriters pay one Shil- 
ling old tener pr. acre pr. year for five years next after the s ! one year 
is Expired to be applied towards building a meating house and maintain- 
ing a minister in s Epsom. 

3 voted that John Weaks Esq r be an agent for the propriters of Ep- 
som to prefer a petition to the general Court for a confirmation of s* 
votes and also for an act to enable the s : propriters to colect s d sum. 

4 voted that Capt. John McClary be a Committee to peramblate'the 
Lines of Epsom tic to Divide the Undevided Land in Epsom. 

5 Voted that Nathan marden be a Committie man for the Same. 

6 voted that Ephraim Lock be a Committie man for the Same 

Isaac Lebbee Sen r moderater 

A true Copy atest by 

Nathan Marden propriters Clark | 

We whose names are under writen Desir the select men of Epsom to 

insert the follong and Call a propriters meating Viz. 

I John Weeks ) 

td ^ i. r u r Propriters 

Bracket Johnson J Y 

William Bery William Blaso 

Leve Dearborn Isaac Lebbee Sen r 

John Lebbee Georg WaJles 

Ephraem Lock Nathan Harden 

John McClary Benjamin Holt 

Andrew McClarv Isaac Lebbee Junr. 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 



2 5 l 



Combination for government at Exeter, with the forms of 

oaths for rulers and people. 

Whereas it hath pleased the Lord to move the heart of our 
dread Sovereign Charles by the grace of God King &c to grant 
license and liberty to sundry of his subjects to plant themselves 
in the western parts of America — We his loyal subjects, breth- 
ren of the church in Exeter, situate and lying upon the river 
Pascataquacke with other inhabitants there, considering with 
ourselves the holy will of God and our own necessity, that we 
should not live without wholesome laws and government 
among us, of which we are altogether destitute, do in the name 
of Christ and in the sight of God combine ourselves together 
to erect and set up amongst us such government as shall be to 
our best discerning agreeable to the will of God professing our- 
selves subjects to our Sovereign Lord Kinsr Charles, according - 



to the liberties of 



English colonv of the Massachusetts, 



and binding ourselves solemnly by the grace and help of Christ, 
and in his name and fear, to submit ourselves to such godly 
and christian laws as are established in. the realm of England 
to our best knowledge,, and to all other such laws which shall 
upon good grounds be made and enacted amongst us according 
to God, that we may live quietly cS: peaceably together in all god- 
liness' and honesty. 



Mo. 5 D. 4, 1639. 

John Wheelwright 
Augustine Storer 
Thomas Wright 
William Wentworth 
Henry Elkins 
George Walton 
Samuel Walker 
Thomas Petit 
Henry Roby 
William Wfnborne 
Thomas Crawley 
Christopher Helme 
Darby Field 
Robert Read 
Edward Rishworth 
Francis Matthews 
Godfrey Dearborne 
William Wardhall 



Robert Smith 
Ralph Hall 
Robert Seward 
Richard Bulger 
Christopher Lawson 
George Barlow 
Richard Morris 
Nicholas Needham 
Thomas Wilson 
George Rawbone 
William Cole 
James Wall 
Thomas Leavitt 
Edmund Littlefield 
John Cram me 
Philemon Purmot 
Thomas Wardhall 



The Elder's or Ruler s Oath. 
You shall swear by the great and dreadful name of the high God 
maker and governor of heaven and earth and by the Lord Jesus Christ 
the prince of the kings and rulers _o.f the earth, that in his name and 
fear you wilt rule and govern his people according to the-righteous will 
of God, mini>tering Justice and judgement on the workers of iniquity 



r 



352 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



and ministering due encouragement and countenance to well doers, pro- 1 
tecting of the people so far as in you lieth by the help of God from for- 
eign annoyance and inward disturbance that they may live a quiet and 
peaceable "life in all godliness and honesty. So God be help ful and 
'gracious to you and yours in Christ Jesus." | 

Oath of the people. 

We do swear by the Great and dreadful Name of the High God, 
Maker and Governorof heaven and earth, and by the Lord Jesus Christ, 
the King and Saviour of his people, that in his Name and fear, we will 
submit ourselves to be ruled and governed according to the will and word 
of God, and such wholesome hi w.< and ordinances as shall be derived 
therefrom by our honored Rulers and the lawful assistants, with the 
consent of the people, and that Ave will be ready to assist them by the 
help of God in the administration of justice and preservation of the 
peace, with our bodies unci goods and best endeavours according to God. 
So God protect and save us and ours in Jesus Christ. 
; 
I 



Exeter Sept. 26'- 1738 
To the Gentlemen Selectmen of Exeter : We the Subscribers 
pray you wou'd forthwith call a town meeting and we pray you 
Insert the following in your s 4 warrant for a town meeting". — 
To the town of Exeter — The Petition of us the Subscribers In- 
habitants of the western part of the first parish in Exeter, 
Humbly Sheweth — That we your Petitioners have for diverse 
years Labour' d under inexpressible Disadvantages & Difficulties 
on many accounts More particularly by reason of our Great 
Distance from the publick Meeting House, so that Even in the 
Summer Season we and our Families cannot attend RegTilarly 
& Constantly on the publick worship of God as we would doe 
and in the winter Season for Diverse years 'past have thought 
it Best to be at the Expence of Supporting preaching amongst 
us without any abatement of our Rates to the Support of the 
ministry in this Parish, and Having made some Provision 8c 
Been at some Cost toward Building a Meeting House among 
us — 

Being now Desirous of Being a Parish by ourselves and as 
soon as may be Conveniently to Settle an Orthodox Gospel 
Ministry among us — we therefore pray that you wou'd consider 
our Circumstances and pass a vote to set us of by ourselves, to 
be in ail respects a Distinct parish as the Parish of New Mar- 
ket is now set off from the first parish in Exeter and we pray 
if you see Good to vote the Bounds of our Parish as follows. 
Beginning at old Pickpocket upper Saw-Mill and from thence 
running South to Kingston line, thence west and by North by 
Kingston Line four miles, thence north four -miles, thence 
Easterly to New Market South west corner Bounds and So 
Bounding by New Market South. Bounds So far till a South 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 



2 53 



Ldnc will Strike Pickpocket mil 
Market Line South to s d Mill the 

Andrew Gil man 
Edward Coicord 
Nicholas Dudley 
Stephen Leavit 
Benjamin Veasey 
Jonathan Robinson 
Jeremiah Bean 
James Robinson 
Solomon Smith 
Jonathan Cram • 

Antipas Gilman 
Daniel Rundlet 
Joshua Bean 
John Mad 'get 
Thomas Mud get 
Humphrey Wilson 
Ephraim Robinsou 
John Morgan 
John Holland 
Maverick Oilman 
Benjamin Fifield 
A true copy attest 

Elisha Odlin town 



1, and then to run from new- 
Bounds first mentioned. 

Daniel Sanburn 

Nicholas Dollofe 

Nicholas Gordon 

Amos Dollofe 

Elisha Sanburn 

Jonathan Smith 

John Marsh 

Cxharles Young 

John Roberds Jun. 

Ezekiel Smith - 

Thomas Gordon 

Josiah Moody 

Samuel Roberds 

John Bean 

James Dudley 

James Dudley Jun. 

Joseph Atkinson 

Nathaniel Foulshom 

Benjamin Scribner 

William Graves 

Moses Fifield. 

clerk. 



Exeter May 5 th 1739. 

According to y Desire (by Mr. Russell) I have hear Sent" A List of 
all The military orficers In Exeter with The Date of There Commissions 
under Gov Belcher. My one Comission bares Date May 7^ 1731. 
Capt. Peter Gilman Capt. Sam 1 Gilman, Capt. Thomas Dean, Capt. 
Edw' Hall. Lieut Daniell Gilman, Lieut Isreall Gilman Ens" Rich 1 
Mattoon. All These Comissions bares Date July I2 SU 173 r. 

Leut. Dudley Odlin Cor lt Ezek Gilman Quarter Mast' Jon 1 * Connor, 



Leut Theophilus Smith. Ens 1 John Gi! 



These Comissions Bare Date Oct. 2.1 



Ensign James Levit. 



I am with Respect s" Your 

very Hurab 1 " Sarv' 



To The Hon'- Rich 1 Waldron Esq' 



John Gilman. 



Petition for a Parish. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq" Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & over His Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire in New England. The Ho« ble His Majes- 
ty's Council & House of Representatives in General Court 
Convened. 

The Humble Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the North 
Westerly Part of the Town of Exeter in said Province Shews. 
That your Petitioners being Settled in the aforesaid part the 



said Tv 



Laboi 



ler Great Difficulties in attending the 



354 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Public Worship ot God by Reason of the Distance & badness 
of the Way to the Meeting House Most of em living: More 
than seven miles from it, & some above nine, so that many Persons 
in their Families can attend the Public Worship but seldom. 

That being most of them new Settlers (tho' upon good land) 
are not able to maintain a Minister among themselves while 
they are Subjected to & actually pay their proportion to the 
maintenance of the Gospel & other Charges in the Town, 

That a considerable Parish might be set off from the said 
Town by the following Metes.. & Bounds v'z. Beginning at 
the North West Corner of Exeter & from thence running South 
29 Deg. W. partly by Nottingham '& partly by Chester line 
four miles and j*n half & from thence to extend carrying that 
breadth of four miles and an half East & by South till it comes 
to the head line 'of New Market Parish being bounded NorthTy 
partly by Nottingham & partly by Dover Line and Easterly 
partly by New Market & partly by Exeter the said four miles 
& an half being something Broader than New Market & so ex- 
tending a little beyond it upon Exeter which would Compre- 
hend your Petitioners Estates & yet leave a Large and able 
Parish at the Town below 'em (which would hardly miss 'em) 
And tho' they are but few & Poor in Comparison of the rest of 
the Town yet taey would Gladly bear the charge of Support- 
ing the Gospel among themselves were they Exonerated from 
that & other Town Charges Sc duties in the other part of the 
Town — But as the aforesaid Bounds Comprehends a Tract of 
very Good Land they have reason to think from that as well as 
by experience that they shall Increase in number every year & 
Especially when accommodated better with respect to the Pub- 
lic Worship. 

That a Parish Incorporated by the aforesaid Boundaries with 
the usual Privileges & Immunities would be a Considerable 
means of Cultivating & Improving a large Tract of Land 
which is now unsubdued, inasmuch as People will be thereby 
Encouraged to go out & Settle there, & the Public in General 
as well as the Guid Town in Particular Benefited thereby. 

Wherefore your Petitioners Pray This Hon ble Court would 
Please to take the Premises under Consideration and Grant 
that they may be Incorporated into a Parish with the usual 
Parish powers & Privileges by the Metes &, bounds aforesaid 
& Exonerated from paving to the Support of the Minister of 
the Town & other Town charges & duties that so they may 
support & Maintain the Gospel a school &c. among themselves 
with more conveniency for themselves Si Families — Or in such 
other manner as this Hon" ' Court in their Great Wisdom & 
Goodness shall think proper & your Petitioners as in Duty 
Bound Shall Ever pray &€;■ 



TOWN PAPER; 



■EXETER. 



*5S 



Jacob Smith 
David Laurens 
James Norris Jun. 
Samuel Elkins Jun. 
Elias Smith 
John Elkins 
Danie! Elkins 
Jonathan Morris Jun. 
James Rundlet 
John Roweil 
Joseph Averj 
Joseph Norri* 
Jonathan Rundlet 
Joel Judkins 
Nathan Samborn 
Samuel Smith 
Jonathan Smith 
Ithiel Clifford 
Joseph Gorden 
John Carty ? 
Timothy Morgen 
Jeremiah Prescut 
Richard Sanborn 
Simon Garion 
Job Roweil 
James Norris 
Jonathan Gidden 
John Hall 
In the House of Representatives Jan 15 



Theopbilua Wodiey 
Jeradiah Blacke 
Joseph Blake 
Benjamin Rolings 
George Been 
Nathan Hoight 
Samuel Norris 
Samuel Elkins 
Elezar Elkins 
Jeremiah Elkins 
Caleb Gillrnan 
Israel Gillrnan 
Jacob Sanborn 
John Sear 
Israel Shaperd 
Hezakiab Swaiis 
James Chase 
Daniel Lad 
Joseph Malora 
Benjamin Poter 
Tonathan Foulsharn 
Ebenezer Marden 
John Norris 
Jonathan K orris 
John Foiintown 
Jeremiah Prescut Jun. 
Joseph Edgier 
Moses Rolings. 

The within Petition 



" i74i 



Read and Voted That the Petitioners forthwith Serve the Select Men of 
Exeter with a Coppv of the Petition and the Votes thereon — That the 
Town of Exeter may appeare at the Gen' 1 Court or Assembly next Tues- 
day fortnight to Shew Cause (if any they have) why the prayer of the 
Petition may not be granted — And if the General Court or Ass 111 Shall 
not be then sitting, Then to appeare the Third day of the Sitting of the 
next Sessions of Gen 1 Assembly. 

James Jeffry Cle Ads'" 
In Council Jan 21 1741-3 
Read & Concurrd 

Rich 1 Waldron Sec 
Jan 21 1741-2. 

Assented to B. Wentworth 

In the House of Representatives Feb. the 2' 1741 The within Peti- 
tioners were hear-d and the dellegates from the Town of Exeter andthej 
agreed that the Bound shall be as followeth viz. to begin at Durham 
Line at the North West corner of the p'ish of New Market and from 
thence Bounding on the head Line of said New Market to the South 
west Corner of the same, and from thence to run South ab- twenty 
nine degrees West parallel with the head Line of the Town of Exeter 
Extending to half the breadth of the Township of Exeter from Dur- 
ham Line aforesaid and from thence to run West & by north to the 
Midle of the head Line of the Town of Exeter and from thence to bound 
upon Chester and Nottingham to the North West corner of Exeter and 
from thence bounding East & by South on Nottingham & Durham to 
the first bounds. 

Therefore Voted that the prayer of the Petition be granted & that they 
be set otf by the Bounds aforesaid and have all powers within themselves 



256 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



as any Town within this Province Keeping St supporting an Orthodox: 
Minister to preach among them (excepting the Choice of Represent' 9 *) 
and untill they shall have liberty to have one among themselve they 
have liberty to joyn with the Town of Exeter in the choice of Men to 
Represent the Town as usuail and that they pay their Proportion of the 
charge of such Representatives and that they be not Exempted from pay- 
ing any charge of the Town of Exeter that has already been assest upon 
them and that they have Liberty to bring in a Bill Accordingly. 

James Jeffrey Cler. Ass* 
\ In Council Feb. 3, 1741-2 

Read and concurred 

Rich 1 Waidron Secy. 
Feb. 3, 1741-2 

Assented to 

B Wentworth 



At a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town of 
Exeter held at the town house in s J Exeter Feb-- 8 ;a 1741-2 

Voted Lieut Daniel Gilman Moderator for s d meeting 
I a 

Voted That the meeting be adjourned to this day fortnight one of the 
clock in the afternoon to meet again at the town house. 

The meeting being again met according to adjournment this 22 d day 
of Feb: 1741-2 

Voted Thomas Deane Clerk for & d meeting. 

Voted That the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Southerly & South- 



Whereas there is a Petition preferred to the General Court by the 
northwesterly part of this town to be incorporated into a Parish & s 1 
Court have Ordered s ' Petitioners to Serve the Selectmen with a Copy 
of s ' Petition that the town of Exeter may appear at the General Court 
on Tuesday the Second of Feb'- next to Show Cause if any they 
have why the Prayer of s ' Petition may not be Granted — These are 
therefore to Notify all the Freeholders and other Inhabitant* belonging 
to the town of Exeter to assemble themselves together at the town house 
in Exeter on Monday the first day of February next at one of the clock 
afternoon then and there to choose two or more tit persons to represent 
this town in General Assembly if they see fit to make answer to the 
above Mentioned Petition in Behalfe of the town of Exeter. 

Dated at Exeter Jan- y* 23 ; 1741-2 

Thomas Deane 

Nath Webster \- Selectmen 

Josiah Gilman 

A true Copy Attest Elisha Odlin town clerk 



At a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town of 
Exeter holden at the town house in s Exeter Feb- 1 - 1 741-2 

1 Voted Samuel Gilman Esq Moderator of s d Meeting 

2 Voted That two men be chosen to make answer to the Petition pre- 
ferr'd to the General Court or assembly by the Northwesterly part of the 
town with power to act before s i Court on behalf of the town as they 

6hall think proper. f 

3 Voted That Samuel Gilman Esq' & Lieut Theophilus Smith be thee 

two men for the End afores" | 

A true Copy Attest Elisha Odlin town Clerk 



TOWN PAPERS — EXETER. 257 

westerly part of the town of Exeter be granted and that they be set ofl 
to be a Parish by themselves and that they have setoff to them and their 
successors the one Kalfe of the Breadth of the Land in s' 1 town Lying 
at the westerly End thereof for a Parish and that it be Bounded as fol- 
loweth viz : Beginning at the head of New Market Line then running 
on a South line to Exeter Great Fresh River and then halfe a Mile up 
s d river, & then South to Kingston Line and so to the head of the town- 
ship Provided that the above s' 1 Parish doe settle an Orthodox Minister of 
Christ and maintain & support the same and all other Parish Charges 
within the same of themselves. 

A true Copy Exarnin'd this 23 1 day of Feb' " 1741-2 

pr. Me Eiisha Odlin town Clerk 



Counter Petition, 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq'-Governour and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire and to the Hon ;i,: his Majesties Council & 
Representatives now in General Court assembled. 
Humbly Sheweth your Petitioners (Subscribers hereto) Free- 
holders and Inhabitants of the South westerly part of the Town 
of Exeter that your Petitioners for Several years past have with 
Some of our Neighbors erected a house. for the Publick wor- 
ship of God in the most convenient place as we then and now 
think for the ease and benefit of the Inhabitants of that part of 
the Town in General and have in the winter time carry'd on 
the Publick worship in it but Several persons of that part of 
the Town haveing of late without our Privity or Consent Peti- 
tioned the Town to be set oft' as a Parish within Particular 
boundaries as Mention'd in their Petition and the Town hav- 
ing met to consider their Petition adjourned the Consideration 
of the said Meeting to a further clay and mitill New Market & 
Eppin Parish lines were run but the Time of the meeting on 
the adjournment happening before the runing of New Market 
and Eppin lines your Petitioners and also Sundry of the In- 
habitants of the Town Expected that the said meeting would 
have been further adjourned till the said lines had been run and 
that nothing would have been acted at said Meeting but being 
press'd on by the said Petitioners who themselves then unjustly 
voted for the Petition's being Consider'd and Granted by which 
means it was then consider'd & granted as afores' by which 
Means if your Excellency with this hon '' court should confirm 
the afores' 1 vote then pass'd it would Greatly Injure your Peti- 
tioners and therefore your Petitioners humbly move your Ex- 
cellency and this horr !e Court that the Consideration of any 
Petition that is or may be preferred to your Excellency and this 
hon b,e Court for confirming the afores 1 vote may not be heard 
and pass'd upon untill some convenient time be given your Pe- 

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350 NgW HAMPSHIRE 

titioiiers tu appear and shew cause wherefore the Said Vote 
ought not to be confirmed. And your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound Shall ever humbly pray See 

Ebenezer Colcord 



Dated at Exeter March 1 1 

Andrew Gilman 
Timothy Leavitt 
Daniel Jels ?• 
Joseph Leavitt 
David Smith 
Josiah Thing 
Benjamin Oilman 
Jonathan Wadleigh Jr. 
[ohn Roberts 
Will ; Bean 
Humphrey Wilson. 
Jeremiah Been 
Daniel Wo r ra a 1 1 
Nicolas Dudley 
Edward Stevens 
Stephen Leavitt 
Sarah Jorden wid 

Samuel Smith ? 

John Conor 
Edward Colcord 



Nicklas Dudley 
John Dudley 
Samuel Dudley 
Jonathan Thing 
John Holond 
Moses Juitt 
Nicklos Smith 
Samuell Edgley 
Job Judkings 
Natinei Thing 
Edward Colcord 
John Dudley Juner 
John Gorge 

Jearimear Gilman June- 
Haley Stephens 
John Odlin Jun. 
Jonathan Oilman Junr, 
Nicklis Gordon 
John Gils 



In the House of" Representatives June 22 : 1742. 

the within Petition Read and Parties Heard A Voted That the Peti- 
tion be Dismissed 

James Jeffrey Cler Ass ; - : 

* In these daces reader.? will bear in mind that the old etvle is followed— March 
11, ITil, being March 11, 1741-2. Ed. 



Petition for Parish privileges. 
To his Excelency Benning Wentworth Esq r Goven r '& Com- 
mander in chieiT in & over His Majestys Province of New 
Hamp :e The Hon 1 e His Majestys Council & House of rep- 
resentatives for s' Province in Gen Court Convened. 
The Humble Petition of Sundry Persons Inhabitants on the 
Southerly or South Westerly parte of the Town of Exeter in s d 
Province Sheweth. 

That their Estates & habitations are so far from the meeting 
House where they usually attend the Publick Worship as makes 
it very Inconvenient for them, most of them living above hve 
miles Distant therefrom Considering of which & the Large 
Congregation that belongs to the meeting house afores [ & their 
abiUity The Town at a Publick meeting on the 22 d day of 
Feb^ last have voted a new Parish should be Errected by the 
Bounds set forth in the Vote (if the Gen' Court Saw meet) 
which will comprehend your Petitioners Estates & habitations 



& if a Parrish 



■rected there will have a Tendencv to ■ 



Promote die settlements 01 the Lands in that P^rte of the 



TOWN PAPERS — EXETER 



■59 



Town & of the Town adjoyning which vote is herewith Pre- 
sented. 

That your Petitioners iinde a number of Persons of the s' 1 
Town have allready Petitioned this Court that this Petition 
may not be Granted untill they are heard against it but have 
not set forth any reason they have against it but Proposed to 
Do it (as it seems by their Petition) ore terms upon the hear- 
ing whereby your Petitioners will be under this Disadvantage 
that they cannot Inform their Council of those facts which will 
be necessary in answer to what shall be alleged. 

Wherefore your Petitioners most Humbly Pray that they 
may be errected & Incorporated into a Parrish by the Bound- 
aries in the s- Vote & that if this Hon' ; '-' Court think Proper 
that the afores ■ Petitioners Should be first heard that they 
would order that they jSlef their objections in Some Publick 
office m writing some reasonable time before the Day of hear- 
ing "that so your Petitioners may have a fair opportunity of an- 
swering them & your Petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever 
Prav &c. 



James Dudley- 
Rob Young 
Darby Keiley 
Benja Veasey 
EI is ha Sanburne 
Jeremiah Bean 
James Robinson 
Benja Fiiield 
James Dudley Junr. 
Jn° Roberts Tun-" 
Moses FifLeld 
Ja 3 Morgan 
Jos- Bean 
Maverick Gillman 
Tho^ Gordon 
Dan- Sanborn 
Charles Young 
Nicrr Gorden 
Jn° Smith 
Jn' Bean 
Josiah Moody 
Jn" Brov.-n 
Rob' Brown 
Sam' Jones 
Nathiel Foulsum 
W m Smith 
Shobel Sanburne 



Jon' Crane 
Tho a Mudget 
Joseph Thing 
Antipas- Gillman 
John Folsham 
Jn° Levit Jun 
George Roberts 
Jon a Smith 
Jeremiah Row 
Jon- Taler 
Zach 1 Judkins 
John Levet 
Ithiel Smith 
Alex 8 Roberts 
Benj- Scribner 
Sam' Dudley 
David Bean 
Joseph Atkinson 
Sam : Roberts 
Ezekiel Smith 
Jacob Smith 
Ebenez Hutchinson 
Daniel Hilton 
Jn" Midget 
W m Graves 
Jon* Robinson 
Nich* Dolioff 



In the House of Representatives, March 17 th 1741. 

The within Petition read & another Petition of Andrew Gillman of 
Exeter & others who Desire to be heard before the Prayer of the within 
Petition be granted. 

Voted that some or one of the above or within Petition 1 "-- Serve the Said 
Andrew Gillman with a Copy of the Petition & Court order thereon 
forthwith £ that the Parties appear the third Day of the Sitting of the 



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I 260 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

t ,:'■"- 

Gen 1 Assembly next Sessions to be heard & that the Contrary party may 
shew Cause (if any they have) why the Prayer of this Petition may not 
be Granted & that Andrew Gillman & others file their objections in the 
Secretary's office Ten Days before the next sitting of the Gen 1 Assembly 
1 James Jeffrey Cler Assembly 

In Council March 22 l 1741 
The above vote read & Concurr'd 

Theo'd Atkinson Sec? 

Vera Copia 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
In the House of Representatives Jun 22 1 1744 The within Petition 
Read and the Parties heard thereon and those that desired to be heard 
'\ against it. and voted 

That the Prayer of the Petition be granted they maintaining an or- 
thodox minister & that Ichabod Roby & Richard Jenness Esqrs. be a 
Committee of this House to Joyne Such as the Hon ' the Council 
shall appoint to go on the Spot and View where it is most Convenient 
that a new meeting House may be placed. So as to be most Convenient 
for all the Parties Concern'd & that to be Conclusive and the Petition- 
ers have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

James Jeffrey Cler. Ass-" 11 



Remonstrance. 

Whereas a Number of the Inhabitants of y e Southerly or 
South westerly part of the town of Exeter By a vote pass'd at 
a meeting held by adjournment at the town house in Exeter 
Febry. 22'' 1741-2 were set off to be a parish by meets and 
Bounds Express'd in Said vote which they have Since Peti- 
tioned to Court to Confirm we think ought not to be confirmed 
for y e following reasons. 

1 Because as we apprehend the s'- vote was illegally ob- 
tained the meeting Being before adjourned, to have the Line 
run which was not done, and y : fore many Inhabitants not 
present thinking the meeting would be further adjourned, and 
the s ■ Petitioners Being the maj Part of the voters forc't it on 
and voted it and it Being a particular favour to themselves we 
Esteem it illegal & y ; 'fore not to be Confirmed 
j 2 Because we with some of our neighbors a number of the 

Inhabitants of the s' : Southerly &c. Part of the town have 
been at considerable charge in Erecting and Building a house 
for the worship of God and the meets and Bounds by which 
they are set of is contrary to what was ever Proposed by s l1 
Inhabitants on y' part of the town and was without our Knowl- 
edge or Consent and has a manifest tendency to destroy our 
Labours and to overthrow or at Least Greatly Disturb the wor- 
ship of God amongst us. 

3 Bee : The Line of s ' Parish includes or takes in many of 
us & Great part or all of our Estates altho' w*e timely entre'cl 



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TOWN PAPERS — EXETER. 2Di 

our Protests against any such thing under present circum- 
stances & j'fore &c. 

4 Bee : of our inability we being not yet ripe for a Parish, 
under our present Divided circumstances having Got nothing 
in any forwardness therefor, & most of y e Petitioners Exceed- 
ing poor, and scarcelv able to live now Even as we may say 
y e Biggest part of them and having a meeting house to Build 
a Minister to Maintain & settle and a school to maintain to- 
gether with y* Largeness of Provinces taxes and we Being 
also rnjch Divided amongst .ourselves, it would as we appre- 
hend if confirmed, be to the utter ruin of many familys an im- 
poverishing of Che place, a Damage to themselves & families 
a Laving a yoke upon us all which we shall not be able to 
Bear" 

5 % Bec : the Confirming of the same under cur Present Cir- 
cumstances would as we apprehend be but confirming of con- 
fusion and disorder amongst us and instead of advancing and 
Enlarging y Kingdom and Interest of x c would tend to in- . 
crease intestine. Jars and animositys amongst us Even as fear 
to our entire over throw at last. & y'fore not to Be confirmed. 

6 Bee : we would further Give as a reason the unpresidency 
of the thing to be Set of to be a Parish Before agreed w' e to 
set a House & ever, whilst quarreling about the same v Like 
Instance not to be Given we Believe in New England y fore 

pray y it may not be confirmed. i 



Warrant for y- ?neetlng tlie 17 th of May. 
Whereas upwards of thirty of the Freeholders & Inhabitants of the 
town 01 Exeter have Desired us the Subscribers, Selectmen of the s d 
town forthwith to Issue a warrant to warn a meeting of the Freeholders & 
Inhabitants of the said town to take into consideration the vote that 
was on the 22 day of Feb'" last by adjournment as they think illegally 
obtained by the Petitioners of the Southerly & Southwesterly part of 
the town of Exeter for being set off as a" Parish within particular 
Boundarys as set forth in their Petition which vote the s ' Petitioners 
have since preferrd a Petition to the General assembly of this Prov- 
ince to ge~ a Confirmation of- and for asmuch as the said thirty Inhab- 
itants & freeholders afores^ think said vote was Illegally obtained and 
that themselves as well as the town in General shall be Greatly injured 
in Case said vote is Confirmed : These are therefore to notify the free- 
holders and Inhabitants of this town of Exeter to meet at "the town 
house in V- town on Monday the 17 1 '" day of may Currant at two of the 
clock in the afternoon to consider of a vote if they think fit first if they 
think the said vote was Legally obtained or not. 2 Vv if the Confirma- 
tion of said vote will not be of" a manifest Injury to the town in Gen- 
eral. 3'" if the town will then Choose some person to represent the 
same at the next sitting of the General Court in June next and to doe 



262 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

what else they shall then think proper to he done about the Premises, 
Dated at Exeter a fores'- the third day of may anno Domini 1742. 

Jonathan Connor John Odlin Jr. 
Nath' Webster Robert Light 

a true copy attest Josiah Gilmon 

r Elisna Odlin town clerk Selectmen 



Rem onstra n ce . 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esqr. Governour & 
Commander in Chief in and over his Maj tius Province of 
New Hampshire in Xew England and to the Hon' His 
Majesties Council for said Province & House of Representa- 
tives when Conven'd in Gen Assembly. 
Whereas Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Southerly &: 
Southwesterly part of Exeter in New Hampshire at the Last 
Sessions preferred a Petition to this Hon : Court to be set off 
a Parish (from the old meeting House in Exeter aforesaid 
where they usually attended the Publick Worship) by meets 
and Bounds as set forth in the Said Petition. And whereas . 
after the Intent of the above Petitioners was known by us the 
Subscribers who never Consented to the said Petition we did 
also Prefer a Petition to this Hon b '" Court Dated at Exeter 
March 11, 1741 Praying that the above Petition might not be 
granted until we were heard, upon which the Court on Con- 
sidering both Petitions Ordered that we should hie our an- 
swers in the Secy^ office ten days before the Siting of the As- 
sembly in their next Sessions- In obedience to which order — 
for answer why we may not be included within the said Peti- 
tion and set off from the old Town with them Petition" 1 Is 
that we do not nor never desired it and that our Estates are 
parted by the Line proposed. None of us Living within the 
Body of the new Precinct Proposed but on the Lines on the 
East and South Sides and that the s'- lines proposed will be 
very injurious to us & therefore we Humbly Pray that our 
Poles and Estates may still be Continued to the old Town of 
Exeter, and we are humbly of opinion that it would be a very 
great hardship to set off so great a number of us, the Sub- 
scribers from the Place we now belong to against our Wills 
and Interests and which wou'd prove so Great Damage to 
us on all accounts and that if this Hoff Court think Proper to 
sett off that new District, we humbly pray y l we may be 
polled of to the old Town with our Estates within the s (i boun- 
I . darys and as in Duty Bound we shall Ever Pray &c. 

May 24 tn 1742 



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TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 263 j 

Andrew Giiman Samuel Dudlev ?r, 

Timothy Leavitt Jonathan Thing' 

John Roberts Ebenezer Colcord 

Nicholas Dudlev Edward Stevens 

Benjamin Giiman. Jonathan Wadleigh 

Daniel Wormall Daniel Quimby 

. Edward Colcord Andrew Downer, 

Humphrey Wilson Abraham Smith 

Biiev Lyiord Samuel Smith Copp 

Haley Stevens . Josiah Thing 

Jeremiah Bean ? Nickelas Dudley Jun. 

Joseph Leavit Sarah Gordon widow 

William Bean John Yonge 

Edward Thing Natlv Webster 

Nicolas Smith John Evinly 

Daniel Gieis John Dudley 

Moses Juet Stephen Leavit 

At a meeting ot the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town 
of Exeter held at the town house in s a Exeter May 1.7 ll 1742 

Voted Mr. Daniel Thing moderator for s d meeting. At the same 
meeting it was put to vote whether the town would act any thing on 
the warrant and it pass'd -in the Negative 
A true Copy attest Elisha Odlin toun clerk 



Remonstrance. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq'' Governour & 
Comander in chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
N.ew Hampshire in New England & to the Hon b1 ' His 
Maj tiM Council For Said Province '& House of Representa- 
tives w Convened in Gen : Assembly 

Whereas Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Southerly & 
Southeasterly part of the Town of Exeter in New hampshire 
aforesaid at the last Sessions Preferred a Petition to this Hon ri ' ; 
Court to be set off a psish. (from the old Town of Exeter 
where they usually attended the Publick Worship) Setting forth 
therein that the Town at a Meeting held the 22 : day of Febru- 
ary last past voted a new psish should be errected by the 
bounds set forth in the vote oF the 22' oF Feb (which would 
comprehend the Petitioners and their Estates) as pr. their 
Petition. 

■And by a Petition dated at Exeter the n tL day oF March 
last past by Sundry Persons who signed the Petition so dated 
Andrew Gillman & others Presented the Same to the Gen 1 
Court praying that the Petition first above referred to might 
not be granted till they were heard, the Hon' Court ordered 
that the said Petitioners should, serve . the said, Andrew Gill- 
man w th - a Coppy oF the said Petition and Court order thereon 
and a day oF appearance at the sitting oF the next Gen' 1 Ass m 



264 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

and also to file answers ten clays before the sitting of the next 
Gen Ass in the Secretaries office (to show cause &c) 

And in obeyance to Said order, and for Answer (besides 
w* is in the said Andrew Gillman <& others Petition) the}* beg 
leave to say I st That they are humbly of opinion what was 
acted at the meeting held on the 22' Fe" last was not done in 
conformity to the intent of the Town at the first meeting which 
was held the $"" of Fe & y' on y 2 2 :! of Fe ' was by adjourn- 
ment, the Reason .of which adjournment was (That New 
Market & Epping Parrish Line might be run and until it was 
run) that the Town & People might the better know what & 
whose pssons & Estates would fall in. But the day of the said 
meeting on y " 22 ' of Fe fell out, before either of the Said 
Lines were Run and your Respondents Supposing the meet- 
ing would be againe adjourned until the Said Lines were run 
they were not at the meeting nor did Several of them know 
whether their houses or Estate would fall within or without 
the Said Line of the proposed new pssish The Petitioners 
for the new Parish took the advantage of so thin a meeting 
and would not adjourn againe to have the aforesaid Lines run 
But obtained a vote for setting themselves off (they being y 
Majority) and gave themselves bounds- all which manage- 
ment we think to be ag. Law or Equity- a: therefore not to be 
regarded or -Confirmed. 

2 : By the Bounds Set forth in the vote of y 22 1 of Feb. 
the Estates of Several of your Respond' are split & Divided 
so as some of their houses are in the old Town & their im- 
proved Land within the bounds proposed for the New Pre- 
cinct and Severall of their homsted Lands divided some one 
side of the Line and some on the other which may be very 
prejudicial to them. 

3' 1 y they are taken in by said Line of y' proposed precinct 
against their wills or knowledge (by the vote of y- 22' 1 Feb. 
atforesaid being past before the Lines aforesaid was run accord- 
ing to the intent of the Town) or that many of them knew 
how the Lines of the proposed Parrish would fall 8c none of 
them being Petitioners. 

4 th the Great Confusion & heart Burning it will Raise by 
& with Som (if not amongst the whole) to be forced ag 1 their 
wills to that they never desired, and will So greatly prejudice 
them and their Estates. 

5 th1 y The Respondents under their present circumstances & 
the Circumstances of the Petitioners think they are not yet 
able to support and maintain the necessary Charges of a psish. 

Wherefore they humbly Pray the Prayer of the Petition 
may not be Granted. But if the Horn ' Court Shall see good 
to indulge the Petitioners with., a Grant of a new Precinct ac- 
cording to the Bounds in said Vc ,e of y zz c Feb. 

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TOWN PAPERS — EXETER. 26s 



Report on location of a ?neeiing house. 
We Elisha Sanburn in behalf of the Petitioners for a Parrish in the 
Southwest part of Exeter And John Dudley on behalfe of the ppposers 
of said Petition ('excepting those Persons that live on the South Side 
of Exeter River) do agree That two places are proposed where to place 
anew meeting House for Said District viz: one place to be at the 
North East Corner of David Robinsons Land in said District Joining 
to Jon 1 Robinsons Land the South Side of the way that goes to Craw- 
leys falls mill Above Deer Hill mill, the other place at the- South East 
Corner of Cap. James Levits Mowing Lot by a Gully on the North 
Side of the above Road and that Each party makes Choice of a man 
Indifferent and a third person be chosen by both parties & if they can- 
not agree upon the third person. Then the two persons first chosen 
shall make choice of a third person, and that they three prsons Say at 
which of the above places the Meeting House shall Stand or at any 
convenient place between the above two places mentioned. In Witness 



Then your Respondents Most humbly Pray the Hoiv ; e Court 
that their Poles & Estates may be Polled off to the old Town 
of Exeter, untill further order and your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound Shall Ever Pray &c 

May 20 t: 1742 

Andrew Gilman* for him- 
self and the other respondents a fores' 1 

Rec'd into the Secy's office for the Province of New Harnp " the 27 th 
May 1742. 
In the House of Representatives June 24/' 1742 

L T pon Reconsidering the -Votes on the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
the Southwest part of Exeter for being set off a Parrish- And upon 
Considering the Within agreement of the Several Parties Voted That 
Richard Wibird Si Geo Walton Esq v = Sf. M" Jon."- Thomson be a Comit- 
tee to go OC View the places agreed upon by the Parties as within men- 
tioned for the placeing the New Meeting House And to fix the place 
where said Meeting House Shall Stand and that to be a finale Conclu- 
sion And that the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 
for parish Powers and also that the charge of the Comittee be borne 
and paid by the whole Society- the Committee to make their Return 
into the Secrctarys office. 

James JetTYy Cler. Ass" 1 
In Council June -5 1742 

Concurrd & John Douning Esqr. 
aded to the above Comittee. 

Thea. Atkinson Secy. 
Eod ■■■• D : .e 

In the House of Representatives the Council vote of addition Read 
and Concurrd 

James Jeffry cler ass 1 '' 
Eod- Die 

Assented to 

B. Went worth 



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266 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



In the House of Representatives Sept. 17 th 1742 
The within Petition Read : and Voted That the Prayer of the Peti- 



of the above said agreement the parties above named -Each for the par- 
ties he Represents have hereunto Set their hands this 2^ [ June 1742 

Elisha Sanborn 
John Dudley 



Brint-vood's Petition abozit the Lines of the Parish. 
To His Excellency Berming Wentworth Esqr. Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & .over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire The Hon !f> HisMajestys Council & House 
of Representatives in General Assembly Convened Septem- 
ber the 14' 1742. 
Humbly Shews 

Joseph Leavit & Elisha Sanborn both of the Parish of Brint- 
wood in the Province of New Hampshire & as Agents for 
Said Parish. 

That the Inhabitants of said Parish Are in an unsettled 
Condition & Labour under Considerable difficulty notwith- 
standing the favour & Indulgence of the General Court in 
making them a Parish which arises from the uncertainty of 
the Boundaries on the Lower part of said Parish next to Exe- 
ter Town. For as the Line which Divides said Parish from 
said Town is to begin at the Head of New Market Line & 
then to Run South to Exeter River making near a Right An- 
gle with new market Line and the head of that Line is not 
sufficiently Ascertained it makes the said Dividing Line uncer- 
tain and the Said Parish of Brintwood will be Longer or 
Shorter according as the said Line shall be Settled which 
Considerably affects the Inhabitants thereof & the affairs of 
the Parish and Especially with Regard to fixing the Meeting 
house & other matters Relating thereunto. That the Parties 
Interested cannot agree of themselves in the Premises Where- 
fore the said agents Humbly Pray that a Committee may be 
appointed by the General Assembly with sufficient authority 
to ascertain the said Boundaries of the Said Parish of Brint- 
wood as soon as may be by fixing & Running the Said Line 
of New Market and all other Lines necessary to the end 
aforesaid for the better Regulation of the affairs of said Par- 
ish & preventing Differences & Disputes between the said 
Parishes*& the Tovvn of Exeter ata's' or that the same may be 
done in such other method & as soon as to the Wisdom Sl 
Goodness of the General Assembly shall seem meet. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray <&c 

Joseph Leavit 
- - Elisha Sanborn 



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TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 267 

tion be Granted in the following manner viz : That Capt. Icabod Roby 
M r John Sanborn and Cap' Nathaniel Eaiy be a Comittee to Run & 
mark out the Boundary Lines Between Exeter old Parrish and New- 
Market and Between Exeter Old psish And Brentwood and that they 
make Return of theire doing therein & present a Plan of the Lines they 
Run how they- have Markt out the Boundarys to the General Assembly 
next Thursday if the Assembly be then Sitting (if not) then on the 
third day of the Sitting of the "Gem Assembly at their next Sessions, 
for acceptance and that all the Parrish.es aforesaid shall have Liberty 
to be heard (to shew Reason if any they have) why the Lines Shall 
not be Settled Agreeable to the Report of a' 1 Comittee before it be Con- 
firmed by the Gem Court. And that in case Mr. John Sanburn & Capt. 
Ealy or Either of them will not accept & go with Capt. Roby to Run 
said Lines. That then Capt. Roby Imploy two good understanding 
men to be chaine men on oath -to go with him & that he make Return 
as aforesaid the Petitioners paying the Charge. 

James Jerfry Cler. Ass i!i 
September 17, 1742 
In Council read *.v Concurred. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Eodem Die 

Assented to B. Wentworth 



Petition of And revj Oilman and others. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governour and 
Commander in cheif in and over his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire and to the Hon- - his Majesty's Council & 
Representatives in General Court assembled j 

Humbly Sheweth the Subscribers hereunto Inhabitants of 
the Parish of Brintwood having for some years past Erected 
a meeting house for the Public worship of God in the most 
Suitable place for us that live on the North Side of the river 
and have also Carry'd on the Publick worship in it at our 
own Cost and in as much as the moving said house or our 
being obliged to move the Same or pay towards the Erecting 
a New Meeting house further up into said Parish would be a 
great hardship as well as cost unto us Several of us Living 
two miles & upwards from the present meetinghouse, Where- 
fore we humbly pray your Excellency and this hon !:i0 Court 
will in your Great Wisdom take our Case under your wise 
Consideration and Grant us Liberty to Continue to Carry on 
the worship of God in the present meetinghouse that we may 
be free from all charges and Duties to any other house that 
Shall be built and that Tre mav be set off as a particular Dis- 
trict with such other priviledges and by Such boundaries as 
your Excellency and this hon :!<; Court in your Great wisdom 
shall see meet to Grant us, And your Petitioners as in Duty 
Bound Shall ever pray &c. 

Dated at Brintwood Nov r i6 lh 1742. 



s6S 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Andrew Giiman 

Nicholas Dudley 

Timothy Leavit 

Daniel Wormali 

Bangaman Giiman 

Jonathan Giiman 

Samuel Stevens 

Jmereh Giiman 

Thomas Mtidget 

Samuel Edgerly 

Humphrev Wilson 

Stephen Leavit 

Tho s Dudley Junr. 

Nicklous Smeth 

Darby Kailv 

Will* Bean 

Edward Coicotd 

Edward Thing 

Afidrew Donner 

John Mud get 

Moses jewett 

Josiah Thing 

John Dudley 
In the House of Representatives *74-- 

the within Petition Read and Voted that the 
cost; serve the Selectmen of Brentwood with 
and the votes thereon and y" they appeare the 
the Gen' As- after the 25 1 ' dav of December 



John George 

Jeremiah Bean 
Jonathan Thing 
Samuel Smith 
John Morgin 
Edward Colcord Jr. 
Nicklous Dudley. Juner 
John Qui m by 
Jonathan Dudley 
Haley Stevens 
Sarah Gorden 
John Leavitt 
Joshua Bean 
Ithiel Clifford 
Mavrick Giiman 
Jonathan Steven* ? 
Antipas Giiman 
Masey Dudley 
Samuel Dudley Jun. 
Mathes Bean 
John Odlen Jun. 
John Quimbejun. 



Petitioners (at their own 
a Ccppy of this Petition 
3 d day of the Sitting of 
next to shew cause (if 



any they have) why. the prayer of the Petition may not be granted 

James Jeffry Cle Ass 1 
Prov. N. Hamo — 
Nov. 23a 174; 

the above, vote of the House read & Concurred 
Theod Atkinson Secy. 



Prov New j 
Hamp 



.Nov. 



1743 



Assented to 



B. Wentworth 



In the House of Representatives May the 24 t: ' 1743 . 

the within Petition and their opponents heard by their Council the 
House having Considered thereof. Voted That this Petition and also a 
Petition signed Joseph Thing & Peter Thing & ten others Desiring to 
be admitted to Joyne with the within Petitioners be both Dismissed 

James Jeffry Cler Ass m 



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Brintuoood to fay Prov ' Tax to Exeter. 

Whereas the new pslsh of Brentwood in the Town of Exeter has 
been Set off from the old Town of Exeter Since the Proportioning the 
Towns Sec. in this Province has been made — And the Warrant from the 
Treasurer came directed to the Select men of Exeter for the Prov. Tax 
w"' 1 Included the Poles Sc Estates of those persons & Estates in Brent- 
wood and since they have been sett off they Refuse to pay Exeter Con- 
stables their Proportion of the Prov* Tax which is like to cause a dif- 
ference between, the Town and parrish — For prevention whereof Voted 
That the Poles v\: Estates belonging to said psish of Brentwood pay 



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TOWN PAPERS EXETER. . 269 

. 

their Ptapoitidti of the Province Tax as they are already Assesed by 
the Select men of Exeter for the Present yeare. To the Constables who 
have the Warrants to collect the same and for the future that Brent- 
wood Joyn with the Town of Exeter in making their Province Rates 
till otherwise ordered by the Gen' Assembly and that an act be drawn 
up accordingly. 

James Jeffry Cler Ass m 
2$- 9 th mo 1742 
In Council Nov 25 th 1742 
read & concurrd 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
Eodem Die 

Assented to B. Wentworth 



Copy of a report of a Comiitee ab x Brintivood ??ieeting 
House. 

Prov e New "] Persuant to an act of the Gen 1 Court Bareing Date 
hamp r [the 26 th Day of June 1742. 
Portsm" Feb I Wee the Subscribers being appointed by s d act as a 
1 st 1742-3 J Committee to Survey and View the parrish of Brintwood 
in the Town Ship of Exeter in the province aforesaid To See where. 
the Most convenient and Comodious place is for the Erecting of a 
Meeting house for the accomidation of the aforesaid parrish, according 
to the power and authority given us by the aforesaid act Wee have 
reiwed all parts of said parrish as was shew'd by the Committee ap- 
pointed by Vote of the parrish aforesaid to attend and shew us the 
Several parts of said parrish and Inhabitants. Wee doe therefore ad- 
judge & Determine that a Certain peice of Land call'd or known by the 
Name of Capt. James Levitts Lott that Lyes upon the North side of 
the Road or high way that Leads from Deer hill mill to Crawlys Falls 
Mill upon the Westerly side of the Gully att the Easterly Corner of 
said Lott is the most convenient place according to the best of -our 
judgim and shall be the spott for the setting the meeting house on, 
Which wee give as our JudgnV and Determination under our hands 
the Day above Said 

John Downing \ 

Geo. Walton [■ Comittee 

Jonathan Thompson J 
At a Legal parish meeting held at Brintwood on Monday February 
the 19' 1.742-3 Voted Mr. timothy Leavitt moderator of s' 1 meeting at 
the same meeting it was voted that Jeremiah Bean & Joseph - Leavit be 
chosen to agree with the man that owns the Land where the Commit- 
tee hath Determin'd a place for a meeting- house in s d parish & also to 
take a Deed of s d Land for the use of the parish of the afores d man If 
he see fit to give a deed at the same meeting it was voted that John 
Roberds John Marsh Jeremiah Rowe James Roberdson Daniel Sand- 
burn be Chosen a Committee to Imply men to procure timber for a 
meeting house in s d parish «& all other Stuff that is necessary for build- 
ing s d house in s d parish, at the same meeting it was voted that the 
meeting house in s d parish be builded by way of Rate sixty feet long& 
forty feet wide, at the same meeting voted that the same Committee 
have power to agree with Carpenders & other Labouring men in s d 
parish to build the frame of the s d - meeting house upon the lot that the 
said committee hath appointed for setting said house, at the "same 



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270 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



|; meeting voted that the frame of said ^ ........ ■ 

workman Like fit to Raise by the tenth day of June next Insuing, 
at the same meeting voted that Every Labouring man & yoake of 
oxen have Sever. Shillings pr. day Each & find himself for every days 
work he is out about s^ frame or "house. 
A true Copy taken out of Briiitwood parish Record 

Attest Joseph Leavit parish Clerk. 



I - ! 

yoint Petition, <&c. 

\ 
I Province of V 

New Hampshirj \ 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen- 
eral and Governour in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire aforesaid. To his Majesties Councill and 
house of Representatives in General assembly Convened. 
Whereas there is a Petition of Andrew Oilman and others 
now lying before your Excellency and the Hon''- Court Pray- 
ing that your Excellency and the Hon :c Court will in your 
great Wisdom take their Case under your wise Consideration 



Dated at Brintwood May 10' 1743 

Sameuel Thing John Holan 

Nicolas Gordon Calep Brown 



Joseph Thins 



Ebenezer Towle 



Nath 1 Webster Daniel Quimbe 

Jona Dudley Joseph Thing Jun. 

Joseph Hoghit Peter Thing 



and Grant them Liberty to Continue to Carry on the Worship 
of God in the Present Meeting house that they may be free 
from all charges and Duties to any other house that shall be 
built and that they may be set off as a Perticular District with 
Such other Priviledges and by Such Boundaries as your Ex- 
cellency and this Hon : Court in your Great Wisdom Shall 
see meet to Grant them. To which said Petition our names 
are not affixed and we being Freeholders orlnhahitants within 
the Parish of Brintwood and are Desireous to have the Prayer 
of the said Petition Granted (if Consistant with your Excel- 
lency's & your honours Pleasure) Do Earnestly pray that we 
may be Received as Joynt Petitioners with them and Deemed 
as Such- And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound Shall Ever 
pray &c. 



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TOWN PAPERS — EXETER. 2? I 

i 
: ■ r 

Province of \ 
New Hampshire J 
To his Excellency BWiritworth Esqr. Caot. Governor in and 

over his maj* "Provence New hampshire. To his maj tles 

Council and house of represent ~ in General Assembly 

Convened. 

Whereas there [is] a Petition of Andrew Gilman and oth- 
ers now Lying before your Excelency and the Hon " Coun- 
cil Praviiig &c &. Bearing Date Desember the 10 1743 to 
which our names are not in Inffixed Sc we being Free holders 
or Inhabitants within the Parish of Brintwood and are Desire- 
ous to have the Prayers, of the s ; Petition Granted if Consist- 
ant with your Excellency and your Hon ble Council and house 
of represent \ Pray that we may be Rec'd as Joynt Petition- 
ers with them and Deemed as such & your Petitioners as in 
Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray 

John Leavitt Mav k Gilman 

Ithiel Cliford Noclos Smith 



Province of \ \ 

!New Hampshire > 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in cheif In and over His majesties Province of 
New Hampshire And to the Hon' - His Majesties Councill 
and House of Representatives In General Court Assem- 
bled. 

Humbly Shews The Subscribers Inhabitants of the Parish 
of Brintwood in the Province aforesaid That they having at 
their own Cost and Charge Erected a house for the Publick 
Worship of God in said Parish- Do Therefore Humbly Re- 
quest your Excellency and The Hon 1 " Court To Enable us 
by an act of the Hon' ;e Court To Poll off ourselves our Fami- 
lys and Estates and such others as shall Think meet to Joyn 
with us in Carrying on the Publick Worship in said house 
And that they may be Exempt from Charge towards Support- 
ing any other house or Minister in said Parish besides their 
own. And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound Shall ever Pray. 
Dated December icv :i 1743 
Andrew Oilman Wido Mare Dudley 

Daniel Wormall Widow Sarah Gordert 

Benj- Gilman Josiah Thing 

Nicolas Dudley Timothy Leavitt 

Nico'as Dudley Junr. Thomas Flanders 

Samuel Stevens John Yonge 

Jererm Gilman Edward Colcord 

Jonthan Gilman John Dudley 

Haley Steven- Stephen Leavitt 



Remonstrance, dec. 
Province of V 
New Hamp r / 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over his May 1 s Province of 
New Hamp™ And to the Hon 11 '-' his Maj ts Councill And 
House of Representatives In General Court Assembled. 



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2/2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

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Edward Thing John Holon 

Daniel Quimbe Martha Been 

Humphrey Wilson Jonathan Modget 

Jonathan Quimbe Joshua Been 

Samuel Dudley John Morgon Junr. 

Samuel Smith Darbe Keiy 

Jeremiah Bean Jonathan Thing 

Samuel Edgerlv Antipas Oilman 

Caleb Brown " Joseph Hoit 

In the House of Representatives X 1 ' the 15 th 1743 

The above Petition Read and Voted that the Petitioners at their 
proper Cost & Charge Serve the Select men of Exe 1 and the Select 
men of Brentwood with a Coppy of the Petition- and Votes thereon- 
to appeare the third day of the Sitting of the Gen 1 Assembly after the 
first day of April next to show cause if any they have why the Prayer 
of the Petition may not be granted 

James Jeffrey Cler. Ass m 
In Council Eodem Die 

read X non concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Sec. 

And voted That the Prayer of the Petition be granted and that any 
Rateable Person or Persons that are now Inhabitants within the s d 
Parish of Brintwood may Joyn with the Petitioners Provided they en- 
ter their name with the Clerk of the Parish on or before the 25 s11 Day 
of Feb r >" next .Jc that any Person that shall settle in the s c! Parish within 
Three years may aisoe have the Liberty ot Joyning with the Petition- 
ers by Er.tring their names with the Clerk of that Parish and that an 
act be Drawn up accordingly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
In the House of Representatives Xr i6 ltl 1743 

the above vote of Councill Read & non concurred & Voted That the 
Petitioners at their proper Cost and charge Serve the Select men of 
Brentwood with a Coppy of this Petition and the Votes thereon, to ap- 
peare the week after next (if the Gen 1 Ass u be then sitting) if notthen 
to appeare the third day of the Sitting of the Gen. Ass :a after that 
time to shew cause why the prayer of the Petition may not be granted- 

James Jeffry Cler. Ass m 
Dec 17 th 1743. 

In Council Read & Concurred \ 

Theodore Atkinson Sec 
Eodem Die 



Assented to B. Wentworth 

In the House of Represent Xr 30 th 1743 

the Petitioners and the Respond^ heard & the House having Con- 
sidered thereof Voted That the Said Pet' 1 be Dismist 

James Jeffrey Cler. Ass m 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 273 

We the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Parish of Brentwood 
in the Province aforesaid Having been Served with a Copia 
of a Petition of a Number of Inhabitants of said Brentwood 
Dated Dec io"[ 1743 who have Petitioned this Hon Mo Court 
to enable them by an act of s ri Court to Poll off them selves & 
families and Estiats & such others as shall think meet to Joyn 
with them in carrying- on the Publick Worship of God at a 
certain house they have errected in s l Parrish at their own 
Cost and Charge- And being served with the Votes on s ;1 
Petition & to appear in s : Court to show Cause why the 
Prayer of the s i Petition may not be granted our Reasons 
why said Petition may not be granted are as followeth. 

I st If their Petition should be granted it would be very dis- 
tinctive both to them & us Neither of us being able to Pay 
the Publick & Private charges Nessisarily Arising in s : Par- 
ish the which we should be able to Do should the Parish & 
Inhabitants be Kept together. 

2 ly Should their Petition be granted It would Put the Par- 
ish to More confusion and Diticulty about seting the Meeting 
houses than ever has been yet & besides should their Request 
be granted there are many families ins 1 Parish as they say 
which lives convenient to poll on some to Kingston & some to 
Epping for the benerit of going to meeting which purpose to 
petition s ''• Court to poll erf also If this Peticion be granted. 

3 :1 " Inasmuch as that after three of the Gentleman who 
were appointed in the Charter for s l Parish to State the place 
where y- meeting house should Stand had appointed the 
place there was a unanimous Vote in s d Parish at a legal Par- 
ish Meeting to build a meeting house on the spot appointed by 
s d gentlemen & then chose a Com fee to take care & to build s d 
house which Committee agreed with men to build it at the 
Parish's Cost &~ it is now framed Ready to be Raised but the 
Present Selectmen Refusing to Raise Money by way of Rate 
to pay the charge the men that did the work Kept out of there 
honest due. And they Petition" as we Suppose think to Escape 
paying their part of the charge towards building s d meeting 
house by there Polling off And several of them being of the 
first Petitioners for s d Parish. 

We hope that by these objections and What may be further 
offered on in gQn L your Honours Will Pleas to deny there Re- 
quest. And that and End May be speedily put to our long 
troubles we labour under. 



Dated Dec r 26 th 1743. 



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John Roberds Biley Harde 

John Marsh Nicklas Gordon 

Nath : Foisham Jedediah Prescutt 

Benjamin Fifield James Young 

John Brown Thomas Gording 

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Jeremiah Bean sen 
Moses Fifield 
Willi man Graves 
Jeames Robinson 
Hanary Marsh 
John Folsham 
David Bean 
Benjamin Veazey 
John Roberds Jun. 
Baniman Roburds 
Ezekiel Smith 
Robert Brown 
Job Keniston 
James Dudley Jun. 
Daniel Sanborn 
Geog Robt : s 
Elisha Sainborn 
Joseph Leavitt 
Daniel Gorden 
Daniel Giles 
Daniel Giles Jun 
John Giles 
David Smith 
Jeames Marsh 
Biley Lyford 



Jonathan Smith 
Beniamin Rogers 
Thomas Critchett 
Isaac Cleiford 
Jacob Hobs 
Joel Judkins 
Jehial Smith 
Zechriah Judkins 
Samuel Rogers ? 
Robert Young 
Ambros Hinds 
Charles Young 
John James 
Nichelas Dolioft 
Jeremiah Row 
John Mudget 
Jonathan Robinson 
Jonathan Talen ? 
Samuel Young 
John Bean 
Benj a Scribner 
Joseph Moody 
Edmund Roberts 
Nicholas Gorden Jun. 



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VOLUME III. 

EXETER TO JEFFERSON. 



EXETER— (continued) . 

Petition of Andrew Gilman and others about a meeting- 
house, 1743- 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governour and 

Commander in Chief in and over His Majesties Province of 

New Hampshire- 
And to the Hon Llt ' his Majesties Councill and Representatives 

In Generall Court assembled — ■ 

We the subscribers Freeholders and Inhabitants of the 
Northerly part of the Parish of Brintwood in the Province 
aforesaid Do Humbly Crave Leave of your Excellency and 
honours to Lay this our Humble Remonstrance of our Dis- 
tressed Circumstances before your Excellency and honours as 
follows Viz : 

Many of us Living four or five miles Distant from Exeter 
Meeting house have Attended the Publick Worship of God at 
that house for many years past with Great difficulty and our 
families Encreasing made it much more Difficult Especially 
in the Winter Spring & Fall of the year — 

Wherefore about eight years ago we with several of the 
Southerly part of said Parish Erected a house for the Publick 
worship of God in the most suitable place as they thought. 
and we Now do think to carry on the Publick Worship in and 
accordingly at our own Charge have carry* d on the same in 
the winter, Spring and fall of the year ever since as we had 
for four years or thereabouts before Erecting said house car- 
ry'd on the Publick Worship in a Private house Standing near 
our Present Meeting house — 

And about Last February was twelve month the Freeholders 
& Inhabitants of the Southerly part of Brintwood aforesaid 
Petitioned the Town of Exeter aforesaid to be sett off as a 
Parish Contrary' to the will and Desire of most of us, and 
said Town of Exeter Granted their said Petition Not with 
standing many of us Dissented therefrom. And their said 
Petition being granted they afterwards Apply'd to your Excel- 
lency and honours for a Charter for said Parish which was 
Granted them Contrary to our Desire and Greatly to our hurt- 
And we also having Earnest]) Petition' d your Excellency & 



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honours that we might be Permitted to Continue to Carry on 
the Public!: worship of God in our said house and to be setoff \ 

by such Boundaries as your Excellency & honours should 
think meet and be Exempted from all Charge towards the 
meeting house and ministry in the Southerly Part of said Par- 
ish &c : as by our Petition Lying before your Excellency and 
Honours in your hon b;c Court may appear which Petition the 
hon bic House of Representatives have seen meet to Dismiss- 
And also your Excellency & honours having appointed a Com- 
1 mittee of four Gentlemen two out of Each house to prefix the 

place where the meeting house ought to Stand — Three of said 
Gentlemen have been and made return, but is accounted voy'd 
by your Excellency & honours, For that the Committee Did 
not all joyn in their Returne and for which Reason our Peti- 
tion was also Dismisst. wherefore our Case at Present seems 
very hard and Difficult we having been at such cost to Erect 
our said house and to Maintain Preaching in it hitherto, and 
the minister also who hath hitherto Preached to us being at 
our Earnest Desire willing to Continue with us in the Minis- 
try. If your Excellency & honours will in your great wisdom 
take this our Remonstrance of our Dirhcult Circumstances in 
our Present meeting house not being Established and our afore- 
said Petition not being Granted and the great charges and 
Difficulties we hitherto have and Still do Labour under, under 
your Excellency and Honours wise consideration and be 
pleas'd to grant us Releif herein as in your great wisdom you 
shall see meet & 

As in Duty Bound we your Excellencies & honours Most 
Obedient, Humble Servants shall Ever Pray &c- 

Dated at Brintwood June 27"" Anno Domini 1743- 
Andrew Gilman John George 



Humphry Wilson Edward Tiling 

Edward Colcord Daniel Quimby 

Nicholas Dudley Sarah Gordon 

Antipas Gilman John Leavitt 

Timothy Leavitt Samuel Stevens 

Beniamin Gilman Joseph Hoyt 

Samuel Edgerley Joshua Been 

Samuel Dudley John Morgin 

Jonathan Thing John Holon 

Stephen Leavitt Zekil Claford 

Josiah Thing Samuel Smith 

Jonathan Hadley Daniel Wormall 

Nicolas Dudley Jun Marthy Been 

Jeremiah Bean Haley Stvens 

John Dudly Jeremy Gilman. Jun 

In the House of Representatives July i il 1743* 

The within Petition Read Sc Considered on & Voted That Eleazer 
Russel Esq Mark Langdon Gen* & Mr. Noah Barker of Stratham be a 
comitee to Joyne such as the Hon h; ' the Council shall appoint to go to 
the Parish of Brentwood and View the Situation of said Parrish, & 

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see whether it will be most convenient for the Inhabitants thereof to be 
Divided Into two Parrishes or whether the whole shall meet at the 
Meeting House already Built for some Limited time or to Conclude 
upon some other method that they shall think to be for the best good 
of the said p'ish, In order for their being settled in Peace, and that 
they make Report to the Gen 1 Ass m the third day of the sitting of the 
Gen 1 Ass m at their next sessions And that the Petitioners be at the 
charge of the Comittee and that the Petitioners serve the Sellet men of 
Brentwood with a Coppy of this Pet a & Votes. that they may Notifie 
the p'ish of these proceedings - and that those that will dispute what 
is acted mav appeare at the day above said. 

James Jeffry Cler k Ass ,jl ? 
Eodem Die 

In Council read & concurrd & the Above s d Comittee hereby estab- 
lished Sz Impowerd for the End Above s d 

Theod. Atkinson, Secry 
Eodem Die 

Assented to. B. Wentworth. 



Petition of sundry persons in Exeter about support of a 

Minister among" themselves, — *744- 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Govornor and 

Comander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of 

New Hampshire in Council, 

Humbly Sheweth. Andrew Gilman Nicholas Dudley and 
Humphry Wilson, Freeholders and Inhabitants of the North- 
erly part of the. Parrish of Brentwood on Behalf of themselves 
and theire distressed Neighbours, and friends Living within 
the Northerly part of said Parrish. who have once and againe 
been supplicating v r Excellency with the other branch of the 
General Assembly for our being sett off from the other part 
of said Parrish - , and that wee might Injoy the liberty of carry- 
ing on the Publick Worship of God in our present Meeting 
House free from any Charge to be Laid on us by the other 
part of Said P'ish, and in as much as our Grievances Still re- 
maine unredrest, and fearing the daily approches of Greater 
by unreasonable Taxes &c — 

We your humble Petitioners, for our selves and our dis- 
tressed Brethren and Neighbours, would therefore humbly 
crave Leave from y r Excellencie once more to lay our dis- 
tressed circumstances under your wise consideration and hum- 
bly pray that your Excellency will be pleased to think of some 
speedy way to set us off from the other part of said Parish, 
and from the charges thereof. That we may still continue the 
Publick Worship of God in our own Meeting House, and not 
be forced to go to the Meeting House, which some of the 
other part-of the Parrish would have us, which we could not 
do (in time of war) without the utmost hazzard of the Lives- 



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of our Selves S: Farnillyes. The place where their meeting 
House is propos'd to be sett, Being in the midst of a Great 
Swamp, and verry hazardous and also difficult to go to either 
in Spring or Fall of the yeare — We your humble Petitioners 
most humblv leave our selves and our distressed circumstances 
to the Pitty and compassion of your Excellency, humbly pray- 
ing your Pitty and Compassion and the heareing and Granting 
this our Petition, as in your Wisdome you shall see most 
meet- 

And your Petitioners as in. Duty bound shall ever pray &c 

Dated May 26 th 1744. 

Andrew Gilman 
Nicholas Dudley 
Humphry Wilson 

In behalfe of the rest that have now a Petition lying before 
the Gen' Ass Ti 



! Petition to be exempted from support of a minister not 

of their choice. 
I I 744 To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governor 

and Comande.r in Cheif in and over his Majesties 
Province of New Hampsh 7 " -Sec, and to the Hon bie 
His Majesties Council] and House of Representa- 
tives, in Generall Assembly Conven'd — 

The Humble Petition of a Number of the freeholders and 
other inhabitants of the Town of Exeter, Humbly Sheweth 
that att the Annuall Meeting held in Exeter in the year 1743 : 
The Town did att s d Meeting proceed (in a hasty and resolute 
Manner as wee Conceive contrary to the mind of most of your 
Petitioners who timely enterd their dissents) to chuse a Com- 
ittee, Absolutely to agree with, and Settle Mr Woodbridge 
Odlin as a Colleague with his father in the Ministry which 
was effected by s ' Comittee. and the Gentleman soon settled ; 
which bein^ very greivous to us & wee most of us apprehend- 
ing that neither wee nor our households would be likely to 
proffit under his Ministry therefore could not receive him as our 
minister and have for our own and households Spirituall Edifi- 
cation supported a Gospell Minister to preach to us upwards 
of a year, and have been Obliged to pay our proportion toward 
the Settlement, and Salary of S ,; Gentleman, notwithstanding: 
and as most of us have tho't it our duty so to do, wee still look 
upon it our duty for our own, and our households & others 
Spirituall Edification to settle a Gospell Minister amongst us 
and in order thereto have erected a meeting House for the 
■Publick worship of God att our own cost, and having already 



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-made application to the town for reieif, but they granting o 
us none: wee tho't it our duty to make application to this 
Hon bie Court for relief, therefore wee humbly pray that your 
Excellency, and Hon rs will take our case under your wise con- 
sideration, and grant us relief in the following manner Viz. 
by exempting us our households and Estates, and all those 
persons and family s with their Estates, whose hearts the Lord 
shall Incline to join with us, within a limmited time to be 
prefixt by your Excellency, and your Honours from paying 
any thing to the further support of the. now settled ministers, 
or those that may Succeed them ; provided wee support a 
Gospell Minister amongst ourselves : or to grant us relief in 
any other way that you in your great Wisdom shall think best ; 
And if your Excellency and Hon"" should think it reasonable 
That wee have some allowance made us for the money wee 
have already paid, toward the settlement and support of s d 
Gentleman, and your petitioners as in duty bound shall ever 
pray &c- 



Exeter July rS :: ' 1744. 
John Lord 
Sam' 1 Gihnan 
Neherriiah Gilman 
Daniel Smith 
Josiah Gi Invar. 
Daniel Tiling 
Benj a Thing 
Jonathan Gilman 
John Leavitt 
Wadleigh Cram 
Daniel Gilman 
Josiah Ladd 
Dudley James 
James Dudley 
Peter Gilman 
Daniel Folsom 
Trueworthy Gilman 
Moses Gilman. Jun 
John Gilman 3" J 
Samueli DailorT 
Jon 1 Judgskins 
Charles Rundlet 
John Sloper 
James Thosten 
John Dudley 
Theophilus Smith 
John Phillips 



Thomas Lord 
Samuel Noris 
Nich' Gilman, Jr 
Thomas Dean 
Abnar Thust.in 
Moses Swett 
Robert Lights 
Sam' 1 Gilman. Jr 
John Dean 
Richard Smith 
Nicholas Gordin 
Jonathan Gilman, Jr 
John Light 
Stephen Thing 
Jeremiah Bean 
Richard Smith. Jr 
John Looge. Jun 
John Haines 
Eben r Sinkler 
Jon* Young 
Benjamin Lary 
True Dudley 
Joshep Smith 
Abner Dollof 
George Dutch 
Joshua Foulsham 
John Robinson, Jun 



In the House of Representatives July 19 th 1744. 

The within Petition. Read, and Voted that the Petitioners at their 
own cost and Charge Serve the Selectmen of the Old Town of Exeter 
with a Coppy of this Petition, and the Votes thereon, That the said 
Selectmen may call the said Town togeather to choose Agents (if they 
see cause) to appear the second day of the sitting of the General Ass ,a 



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after the Last day of July curr c to shew Cause (if any they have) why 
the Prayer of the Petition may not be Granted. 

James Jeffry, Cler. Ass m 

In Council July 20 th 1744. 
read Sz Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 

Eod m Die- 
Assented to- B. Wentworth. 



Agreement of parties. 
October y e 15 th 1744. 

Acording To the advice of His Excelencey we a number of Booth 
Peartie in the Parish of Brintwood have Descorsed on our afair Con- 
searning an agreement- 

And the upper People Desire stell to standby the first Act in making 
the Parish. Notwithstanding they whose Names are under written are 
willing Rather than to be devided that the meeting house should be sit 
by way of Rate Viz, As Near the Senter of the width of the Parich 
on the Middle Rode as may be and as Near the Botim Line as that one 
half the money according to the Rate this year shall be Raised Above 
it— 

Reuben Smith Elisha Samborn 

Benj* Veasey Ben}' 1 Fifield 

James Young Daniel Samborn 

Jeremiah Bean John Roberts 

Jon^ Robinson Jerr- Rowe 

James Robinson Moses Jewet 



Petition in Ansiver to that praying- for exemption, &c. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth. Esq r Governor and 

Commander in Cheif in and over His Majesty-s Province of 

New Hampshire, and to the Hon* 16 bis Majestys Council & 

House of Representatives in General! Assembly Convened— 

The Agents for the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Town 

of Exeter in the Province aforesaid Legally Chosen at their 

meeting held at Exeter aforesaid on the thirtieth day of July 



At a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town 
of Exeter holden at the town house in Exeter 
July 30^ 1744. 

Voted, Maj r Nich° Oilman mod er of said meeting 

Voted, that their be agents chosen to Repersent the town in GeneraF. 
Court or Assembly 

Voted That M r NichT Peryman, Mr James Gilman & Zebulon Gid- 
ding be agents for that end 

Voted That they or either of them to appear in General Court at the 
next seting to shue cause why the Petition of a number of this Town, 
should not be Granted and to Defend the town against the same- 

A Copy- Zebulon Giddinge, Town Clerk. 



TOWN PAPERS — EXETER. 28 1 

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1744 to make answer to and Shew Cause why the Prayer of 
the Petition of a Number of the Freeholders and other Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Exeter- Prefeared to your Excellency 
and this hon bly Court (on the 18 th day of July 1744.) may not 

be Granted. 

ji , ! 

j . . The said Petitioners have been Guilty of a very 

" Great Mistake in setting forth in their Petition the 

Hasty & Resolute manner (as they conceiv'd) of chusing a 
committee absolutely to agree with and Settle M r Woodbridge 
Odlin as a Colleague with his Father. in the Ministry, which 
they Say was Effected by Said Committee and the Gentleman 
Soon Settled — We Humbly Crave Leave to Reply and Say 
that the said meeting (being on the 28 th day of March 1743.) 
was carried on by the Freeholders and Inhabitants (Except- 
ing the Petitioners) in as Moderate & Deliberate a manner as 
annual meetings have been usually carry'd on in, and the 
choice of the said Committee was made after a mature consid- 
eration and Deliberation of the Voters then Present (as we 
apprehend) by a very Great Majority and sometime after one 
of the said committee (viz) Mr Benjamin Thing refusing to 
act and the others not thinking it Safe to act without him (be- 
ing chosen to Act Jovntiy) upon their Representation of it to 
the Selectmen of said Town another Town meeting was called 
on the thirteenth day of June then next to see if the Town 
would proceed in Chusing another in his room or give power 
to the Remainder of the said Committee or the Major part of 
them to act in the Premisses — At which meeting after Due 
consideration of the. Voters then Present they Voted that the 
Remainder of the said committee or the Major part of them 
should have full power to act in and about the Premises : And 
the Gentleman was not ordain'd untiil the Twenty Eighth of 
September following Waiting that time in hopes that many 
of the Principal men of the Now Petitioners would have been 
Reconcil'd to the Gentleman whom they by their request, with 
Sundry others on the 4^' of January 1741 by a paper under 
their hands approv'd of and Pray'd his assistance with his 
hon M Father in the ministry and thereby prevail'd with him to 
refuse a call that was about to be made him at the Town of 
Biddeford, where he had for some time preached to the Great 
Satisfaction of that People, and also at many other Places as 
well as in our Town too well known to be Denied by the Pe- 
titioners, and his Life and Doctrine being agreeable To us the 
Town Proceeded as before — And what moved many of the 
Petitioners to be prejudiced against him we know not. — For 
at the ordination there were Twelve Churches by their Elders 
and Delegates Call'd to advise and Assist in the ordination be- 
fore whom many of the now Petitioners made their Objec- 



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iions in writing' against their Proceeding to said Ordination 
and were Patiently heard by the said Eiders and Delegates, 
who after serious Deliberation on the said Objections Judged 
the same, to be Insufficient and so Proceeded to the Ordina- 
tion since which several of the Petitioners have joyn'd in 
Communion with our Church and two of them (viz:) Mr: 
Benjamin Thing and Mr John Light, neither they nor their 
Familyes have forsaken the Ordinances, and Major Thomas 
Deane, another of the Petitioners who had for some time left 
the Communion of the Church upon his Declaring that he 
was Convinced thai it was his Duty to Returne to the Ordi- 
nance of the Lords Supper and to Joyn in communion with 
this church hath been Lately Re admitted to and Partaken of 
the Ordinance 

2 aly We Crave Leave to Observe that some of the now Pe- I 

titioners Joyn'd with others in a Petition to the Select men for 
their Incerting in their warrant for the annual meeting to Con- 
sider of and Vote if they tho' : meet the Choice of a Committee 
to call and agree with the said M' Woodbridge Odiin to assist 
his hon" Father as a colleague in the ministry with him &c- | 

3" lv We would Crave Leave to Observe that the reasons 
that Several of the Petitioners who were church members 
Gave by a paper under their hands Dated May 14' : 1743- for 
their with drawing at first was "That they had Observed with 
Grief the Conduct of our Rev'd Pastor Mr John Odiin with 
regard to the work of Gods Glorious Grace in the Late out- 
pouring of his Spirit Amongst us of which they Trusted many 
of them had been the Subjects, and their being Convinced in 
their Consciences that our said Pastor and Church Did not 
treat the same as a work of Soveraign Rich Grace, but that 
the method of their Late Conduct, the Petitioners apprehended 
had been, and Continued in Opposition thereto- in as much 
as the Instrument it had pleased God to make use of in carry- 
ing it on and the Subjects of it are Discountenanced" they 
meaning as we apprehend thereby, that our Rev'' 1 Pastor and 
Church Refused to allow such of the Itinerant Preachers to 
Preach in the meeting house, who did not first wait on our 
rev d Pastor and give him Satisfaction as to their Principles and 
Doctrine, & also that he did not comply with the Irregularities 
of the Times, and also as to the method of the Settlement of 
Mr Woodbridge Odiin which wee apprehend was Right- 

4 thiy We further Observe that (as we humbly Conceive) the 
calling & Settlement of M r Woodbridge Odiin was agreeable to 
the Laws of this Province, & the usage of the churches in this 
Government: much the Greater part of the Town being Sen- 
cible of their need they Stood in of an assistant to his hon" 
Father bv reason of Ins a^e as well as his bodilv Inrirmitys 



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Living had full and Satisfactory proof of the Said 
M r Woodbridge Odlins Life Conversation and Doctrine— 

5 tbi ^ We Humbly Conceive that the Prayer of the Petition 
if Granted Will Tend Greatly to the Prejudice not only of this 
church but also of all the other churches of this Government 
and will be a manifest breach of the Law of this Province 
and Contrary to the Constitution of the churches in the Coun- 
try for any small number of Persons who through unreason- 
able Prejudice shall desire this Hon 1 ' 1 Court to Exempt them- | 
selves, their Familys and Estates from paying toward the 
support of the Present settled ministers or those that succeed 
thern when the Law of this Province in that case already 
made & provided obliges them so to do, unless the Petitioners | 
should so change their Principles in Religion that the Act of 
Parliament would Free them from the same which we appre- 
hend is not the Case of the Present Petitioners — Neither 
have the Petitioners, Either before the Council Present at the 
ordination, or the Council Lately call'd by this church sup- 
ported their Objections against the calling & ordaining of Mr 
Woodbridge Odlin. And the offence Taken at the settlement 
of the Rev. Mr: Woodbridge Odlin under the Notion of his 
being an opposer of the work of God- the said' Last Council 
in their Result say that therein they tho 1 they (meaning the 
withdrawing brethren, some pf the Petitioners) had cast an 
undue Reflection upon him — ■ And as to the Validity and 
Regularity- of his Settlement, they found it was agreeable 
to the majority both of Town and Church and approv'd and 
ratified by a Venerable Council! of Churches call'd by this 
church — and the said Councill Further adjudg'd that the 
agriev'd brethrens calling a Council at the Time and in the 
manner they did, was an uncommon Step of Proceedure, and 
that this church have been in the way of their Duty and have 
Done no more than they had a right to do in calling them as 
a Councill without the agrieved brethren, They being Desir'd 
to joyn in calling them — 

6 ty We Humbly Conceive that the conclusion of the Prayer 
of the Petitioners is absurd unreasonable and unjust in Desir- 
ing to have some allowance made them for the money they 
have already paid towards the settlement and support of the 
said Gentleman, meaning (as we suppose) our Present Minis- 
ters- as to the settlement of the Rev' 1 Mr John Odlin very few 
if any of the Petitioners paid any thing towards it, and as to 
the settlement and support of the Rev 1 Mr Woodbridge Odlin, 
Several of the Petitioners having Lately come into the Town 
have paid Little or Nothing towards it and some of them not 
in- the Rates- tin till this year- 

Lastly- We Humbly Crave Leave to Observe to your Ex- 






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cellency <ind honours That the Principal motives (as we con- 
ceive) that the Petitioners have used in their Petition in order 
to Induce this hon r ' u Court to grant the Prayer of their Peti- 
tion are these two (viz) ''First that they have Supported a 
Gospel Minister to preach to them upward of a year" and 
2 dly that they "have at their own Cost Erected a meeting 
house" — 

And as to the first we humbly conceive that they will be- 
under Some Difficulty to prove that they have Supported a 
Gospel Minister and we conceive that their Separating from 
the Established Ministry of The Town without Just cause was 
Evil in itself and the Evil Example thereof has Drawn Many 
belonging to the Neighbouring Towns & Parishes away to their 
Separate house and to Leave their own Ministers which thing 
if Countenanced by this Hon ble Court will be a Leading Ex- 
ample to Others, and be a means of bringing this Province 
into the utmost Confusion both by Dividing Familys and Sep- 
arating friends and Christian Societies- 

And 2 nly as to their Erecting a meeting house (as they, say 
in their Petition) at their own cost, We humbly Conceive that 
any number of Gentlemen may build an house at their own 
Cost if they please; But for this Hon v,lt Court who have the 
Religious as well as Civil Interests cf this Province under their 
wise Care, ro set it apart for the Pubiick worship of God, to 
the Disturbance and breaking up of the Neighbouring Churches 
and the Pubiick peace of the Government, we humbly Con- 
ceive would be a Great Grief and burden to the people in 
General and bring the Province into Such confusion as will 
Render the Inhabitants unable to Support the Charge of the 
Government. 

For These reasons with what others we shall crave Leave to 
Lay before your Excellency and Honours, We Humbly hope 
This Hon bU Court will be Induced not to Grant the Prayer of 
the said Petition but to Dismiss the same- 

Nich. Perrymax 
James Gilman 
Zebulon Giddinge 



Replication to the foregoing. 

To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq. Gov & Com- 
and r in Chief in & Over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire the Hon ' c his Majesty's Council & House of 
Represeir in Gener 1 ' Assembly Conven'd — 
The Reply of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of y e 

Town of Exeter who have Petitioned to be Exempted from 



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TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 285 

paying towards the support of the ministry in said Town &c. 
to the answer of the Agents of s 1 Town to their Petition — 

May it please your Excellency & the other the Hon Mp 
Branches of the Legislature The fav r granted your Petition" 
with regard to an opportunity of making a written Reply to 
the answers made to their Petition in behalf of the Town 
gives them Encouragenv to hope for success in the matter 
under Debate as the merit & Weight of- w x Shall be offer' 1 can 
in this way be much better Consider' d 

Your Petition"" would beg leave Humbly to Observe in 
General, that in this affair as they are not Influenced by sinis- 
ter views, corrupt or vicious Principles nor any but Conscien- 
tious motives their Case claims the closer attention Sc greater 
tenderness — and as they are Sincere in their Principles which 
relate to this matter so they would be just in their Reasonings 
upon it : ec should therefore have been glad to have avoided 
entering into the consideration of several points & matters of 
fact moved in the said answer because they will be a Diver- 
sion & a Digression from ;he Main Question- but could not 
prevail with the Agents to wave them. To come then to the 
s : answer & Reply in as brief & clear a manner as we can 
by following the Several Articles thereof. We must Observe 
their first begins with charging the Petition" with a mistake 
in Representing that the Town in Setting Mr Woodbridge 
Odlin proceeded in a hasty & Resolute manner, & then they 
go on to give an acco f of y ■ affair, the Substance of w ' h is that 
it was carried on w th great deliberation & every step Maturely 
Considered : Thai every Person Concern'd acted their part 
from y fullest Evidence & Strongest Conviction of the Expe- 
diency of the thing &: the Legality of the means, & the Like — 
But in this acc : there is nothing said of the Art used first to 
prepare matters- by prevailing on near Seventy Persons to sign 
a Petition to the Select men praying a proper Clause might be 
Inserted in the warrant for the Annual meeting 1743 & so 
working up the minds of the Petitioners to favour the thing 
before it came to be considered in Public — They also have 
omitted to Observe that when the Town was met & about to 
proceed on this affair : the Non-Petitioners or most of them 
made the strongest Remonstrances ag- desiring it might be 
suspended for some time at least offering to supply the Desk 
if necessary by Subscription as they had done y e year before 
hoping that a little time as it would have given greater Oppor- 
tunity to have advised & proposed so it would have produced 
a greater unanimity of Opinion, if not terms of union & peace 
-—They dont say a word of the Contempt w tLi w' 11 this was 
Rejected. & how Resolutely they proceeded as well to Vote 
the Raising money as chusing a Committee to Effect & carry 



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these designs into Execution which had been Contrived before, 
nor how their proposals at the second meeting were Rejected 
—nor that a church Com' 1 - was chosen to call assistance for 
the Ordination before the agreement made w th the Gentleman 
to be Ordain'd w ch with many other transactions too tedious to 
Recite, prove the thing to be Contrived & determined before 
it came to be Voted, and that those who asserted their free- 
dom & Liberty had Reason to be dissatisfied, the whole being 
done before the Deacons & Standing Church committee had 
any notice of it only as Inhabitants of the Town, and after the 
Town had determined the matter & a com 10 " chosen to agree 
the Terms a Proclamation was Issued under the ministers 
hand, appointing a Day of fasting & prayer in the Town to 
seek Direction, now these proceedings Sc much more of the 
like nature were Just Causes of Dissatisfaction with this Set- 
tlement, & that we might well say it was Resolute if not hasty 
Especially if we Consider that the Towns Committee (men 
chosen no Doubt with good Policy) was Impower'd to com- 
pleat this agreement without making a report to the Town for 
their Confirmation or Approbation which is the usual way, 
for we think a precedent like this cant be found w :h tb° by 
virtue of a Particular Law may be barely called Legal can by 
no propriety be term'd prudent &z w" k if ever it was done be- 
fore was only done, as we Conceive -it was here to serve a 
Sinister End- 
But as to what is objected to us. that we had a hand in Call- 
ing or Inviting the Gentleman to preach in Town we Con- 
ceive there is no weight in it, for such Invitation is always 
understood to be in order to chusing, w ai necessarily Imply's 
Refusing — When a Congregation Invite several Candidates, 
they are often cali'd from other places, where they are upon 
probation But it was never suppos'd that such Invitation car- 
ried in it an obligation to chuse the Person Invited for where 
more than one Preaches before the choice, all cant be chosen. 
and if but one Preaches, where can be the choice — unless it 
be that which we have all heard of — 

But we pass on The second article of the answer 

we conceive is of no Consequence in this Debate, if admitted 
to be true, for it only proves that some of the Petitioners are 
not of the same mind now w ch they once were of in this 
Particular affair — 

Nor is the third more to the point ; for it only shows the 
Respondents have assum'd a power of Judging the hearts of 
those they there speak of — And as to the 4 th we would only 
observe, that if this settlement was Legal, it will be very 
Difficult, if not Impossible to prove it to be agreeable to the 
usage of the churches in this Government. 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 287 



In their 5 rh Article we conceive the Respond 1 * proceed on 
fallacious principles S: take tor granted propositions which 
cant be proved — as that if this Petition is granted, not only 
this church, but all the churches in the Goverm r will be 
greatly prejudiced — Now where is the prejudice to the church 
as such if these Petitioners were dismissed — there will be a 
church still left, of a competent Number, Invested with the 
same powers & enjoying the same Privileges as they now 
enjoy — and if the Number desiring to be Dismissed be so 
small as is Represented the objection is still of Less wight— 
and as to Churches in General how are they like to be affected 
by it- no other ways than they always are by gathering a new 
church, when the members belong' d to any other before ; and 
if this is of any weight it will always be an Objection, in that 
case as well as in this : & so there must never be bat one 
church in a Town tho ever so Large — and the same argum 1 
may be always made ag ; erecting new Parishes, for the old 
must be hurt by the Loss of any of its Parishoners by an in- 
crease of charge on those that Remain — Again when tis 
said the granting this Petition would be a manifest breach of 
the Laws of the Province the Objection Implies that this court 
are to proceed only on Laws already in force that they are Re- 
straint by them, cv, are only to put such Laws in Execution — 
which is not the case: the petitioners ask for a new Law, & 
apply to those who can make it- the doing of w ch will no 
more be a breach of the old, than the making any other new 
Law & the same argunr lies with Equal Reasoning ag l mak- 
ing any new Law, for every Instance of that Kind in some 
sense alters those before in force — The Question therefore 
ought not to be whether the Law ask'd for will be a breach 
upon other Laws. But whether the End proposed by it be 
good, whether it is R r & Reasonable to be done, & in order to 
discover that we beg leave to observe that we take it for un- 
doubted Truth in w el all Christians are agreed That the end 
of all Public worship is the Hon" of God & the Edification of 
the Worshipers, that is, the Improvenr of their minds in all 
christian Graces & virtues that these two are never separated, 
& therefore the edification of the worshipers always implies 
the former ; That assemblies worship & care only means to 
attain the End. Viz the Edification of those who attend them. 
. That this cant be done where the worship is not voluntary, for 
it must be in Spirit and in truth, free & sincere- That there is 
a great variety in the fitness of means arising from many cir- 
cumstances particularly the diferent Capacities & tempers of 
Persons w th may make means very fit & useful to one Person, 
not so to another, and that in these cases the right of Private 
Judgment is to be maintained more than in any, for here every 



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roan must Judge for himself, & tis impossible another can 
Judge for him, and that hereupon he ought to follow the Dic- 
tates of bis own Conscience — That tis every mans duty to 
pursue this end, as tis the Noblest & highest that can be pro- 
posed by the fittest & best means — from these principles w ch 
are indisputable, it evidently follows, that when a man appre- 
hends he can obtain the afores d end better in one Congregation 
than in another, he ought to Join to that w h he Judges the 
better for that purpose. & when a number sufficient to embody 
in Church order have the same Judgm r as to that point they 
ought to separate & embody ;' it then becomes their duty for it 
is certainly a duty to use those means we Judge fittest, "for ob- 
taining the best end : & the omission of it is the omission of 
a Known duty*, for which Conscience will Inevitably Con- 
demn — he that denies this must with the same breath condemn 
the Reformation for upon these & such like principles the Re- 
formed Church Separated from the church of Room, who 
condemnd them for it, for she mortally hated Separations- He 
therefore that will not allow of it in the cases here put, must 
if he will be consistent in his principles. Return to the mother 
Church from which the first Reformers separated — Now the 
civil Magistrates Ought to be the minister of God for good to 
the People, & where their greatest good is concernd ought to 
■Ave them the greatest Countenance. If it be said tis enough 
for such separatists to enjoy their Liberty of Separating with- 
out being Eas'd of their taxes — the answer is that would be 
making them purchase their Liberty of those who enjoy their 
own freely ec is not Liberty Equally every mans right who has 
not forfeited it? If so no man should be oblig'd to purchase 
it at a dearer Rate than his neighbour, and where such a sep- 
aration is made from an apprehension of duty & in Obedience 
to Conscience it is so far from being Just matter of Reproach 
or blame to the party or of offence to others, that it ought on 
the other hand to Receive that Countenance & approbation 
justly due to those who have a sense of duty & tenderness of 
Conscience sufficient to put them upon the performance of it— 
The Respond ts indeed say the Petitioners are a small number 
of Persons, who separate thro' unreasonable prejudice & here 
again they suppose that true w h we deny, namely that we 
have no Reason for separating — for it appears to us to be duty 
upon such principles & arguments as have been before men- 
tioned & therefore think ourselves free from the just imputation 
of prejudice, & they have no Right to judge our hearts & con- 
demn us for Hypocrites — Beside how easy it is to charge, 
& to Return the charge of unreasonable prejudice. Every 
party in Politicks as well as Religion is exceeding apt to think 
all the opposition to their measures proceeds from unreason- 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 2S9 

able Prejudice, & if men would but open their eyes they must 
needs see things as they do and none more apt to run Riot in 
this opinion than that party which is uppermost, which always 
supposes it self in the Right — But here it seems in this case 
it is quite plain there is the opinion & Result of a Council — 
But we cant think it proper to trouble this Court with those 
affairs, a particular detail 8c Consideration of w ch would be 
more than could be done in a weeks time, nor are they at all 
proper to be discuss'd here- and after all should it be done it 
would amount to no more than this — Two men differ each 
calls in his friend to advise which" they do, but advise differ- 
ently according to their Different Apprehension 8c thereupon 
each man follows & applauds the advice he likes best — In 
short whenever a sufficient number agree to go off from a 
church or churches, & Embody by themselves & by their out- 
ward actions or the General course of their lives in a Judgment 
of charity there is Reason to think them sincere in their 
pretensions, if they are willing to support the preaching of the 
gospel §C other ordinances among themselves & especially 
when their Separation does not break up the churches they 
leave, we humbly Conceive, & with great deference & submis- 
sion would say they have a right to demand of the authority, 
that protection, Exemption & Countenance whereby they may 
Enjoy their Opinions & Sacred Rights on as Cheap & Easy 
terms as their neighbours so far as the Circumstances of their 
case will admit — 

The Sixth & Last Article begins with charging the Peti- 
cion 1 " 3 with absurdity &c In desiring some allowance for w* 
they have paid towards the settlem r of the minis ty &c- As to 
the settlem 1 of the Rev d Mr Odlin the Elder, tis out of the 
Question, but as to the other we see no such absurdity, for 
many Reasons, but especially considering this was purposely 
made as chargeably, even to us. as it could be, by making that 
a Public charge which might have been otherways defrayed, 
as to Other parts of this Article tis comprised in the foregoing 
there being no great difference between saying, men Separate 
from unreasonable prejudice, & saying it is evil in self, that 
it is of Evil Example & draws others to do the like differs 
little from saying it would be of Dangerous consequence to 
the Churches, all which is only beging the thing in Question 
— for we think it for the good of the churches, if by Churches 
we understand the People of the churches & not the Minister 
only, & if by good, is meant their Spiritual Edification & 
not the great point of maintaining the minister in Affluence & 
Ease — But this they say if done will be a leading example & 
we say all the better, if it be a thing which ought to be done, 
which is our apprehension of it, & that not only in this case, 

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but all others so circumstanced ; as to other fearful conse- 
quences mention' d they are merely chimerical : & Deserve no- 
Answer- But here it is worth considering whether force, 
Compulsion or Restraint is a likely way to promote the Inter- 
ests of pure religion, whether to compel to Conformity is a 
likely means Ever did or ever will Make a sincere Conformist, 
& what Interest is such a Conduct likely to promote, unless 
that of the purse of the parishioners & the more comfortable 
Subsistence of the Parson for the Larger the Parish, the higher 
the Salary is no false Logick — But those who are ag st their 
neighbours Spiritual Benefit from Lucrative or frugal princi- 
ples do not do as they would be done by, they do not Exercise 
that charity which seeketh ?iot her (mm, and he is Effectually 
ag t such benefit who prevents or Endeavours to prevent his 
neighbours from using those means he judges his duty to use. . 
St Pauls Exhortation in this case is for every man to please 
his neighbours for his good to Edification — As to other mat- 
ters taken notice of in this Article of the answer we cant 
think them of so much consequence in This debate as to need 
a particular Reply — The Building a meeting house or not is of 
no farther moment in this affair than as it argues those who 
have clone it to be in Earnest & That they think it to be a 
matter of Some Consequence or they would not have been at 
that Charge — Upon- the whole it is Humbly Submitted 
whether the Interest of Religion will not be more promoted — 
whether any such pernicions consequences are like to follow 
as are Suggested & whether the Interests of a Considerable 
number of good & faithful Subjects to the Government will 
not be advanced by granting this Petition? and Lastly whether 
the Consequences are not likely to be more pernicious which 
must follow from a Denial — 

-r« c»«4r»T«,« 1 In behalf 

DY- OAM VjILMAN ( c . 

-r> t~* r or the 

Peter Oilman f T . 

) Petitioners 



October y e 8 th 1744. 
We whose names are under written having by chance heard that 
his Excelency ic the Hon hle Councel heath sent a Survaier (1) to 
the Parish of Brintwood in order to Devide the same, and we being 
taking into the Lower Part and have bin at Grate Charge in Getting 
the Parish, We Pray that we may not be Conbin'd therin for we are 
sencible that their is not a sufficient number in it be at the Nessuary 
Charges of a town Parish on Preseint, but that we may have a years 
Liberty for consideration on what His Excelency shall se fit to Give 
us — 

(1) In the original "MS. volume, pp. 27-31, are gurveyaor plans of the proposed 
distinct Parishes. Ed. 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 29 1 

Jonathan Cram John Mudgett 

Jeremiah Row Thomas Mudget 

Jonathan Eajer ? Nichioss Smith 

Jonathan Robenson William Been 

Moses Jewett Jonathan Wodley 

Jonathan Thing John James 



Petition of sundry inhabitants of Exeter to be incorporated 
into a new Parish. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Captain General!. 
Governor and Commander in Chief In and over his Majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire and To the Hoir le His 
Majesties Council and House of Representatives Convened 
in Generall Assembly 
The Petition of a Number of the Freeholders and Other 

Inhabitants of the Town of Exeter in Said Province — 
Humbly sheweth 

That there has been a Minister settled in said Town of Exeter 
Contrary to the Minds of many of your Petitioners who 
Timely Enter'd their Dissents against it- 

That your petitioners have hitherto (Contrary to their 
Minds) been compell'd to pay Taxes for the support of the 
said Minister (who carrys on the Publick Worship in the Old 
Meeting house in said Town) Which your Petitioners Humbly 
Conceive is unreasonable and Unjust- 

That your Petitioners have Erected a Meeting house & Set- 
tled a Minister at their own Cost, and with the Help of Some 
Valuable Donations appropriated to the use of the Church 
Have supported the Gospel and Carry' d on the Publick Wor- 
ship of God in the Said New Meeting house For about Twelve 
years last past with Peace and Concord amongst themselves — 

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray Your Excellency 
& your Honours to Take the case of your Petitioners under 
your wise Consideration and Grant us Relief, By Freeing 
your Petitioners with their Estates, & such other Persons (and 
their Estates) as shall joyn with us (within a time to be Lim- 
ited by your Excellency & your Hon 1 " 5 ) From paying any Tax 
for the support of the ministry in the said Old meeting house 
for the Future ; And by Incorporating us and Such Persons, 
and Investing us with Such Powers & Securing to us suchr 
Priviiedges or otherwise Granting us such Aid or Relief as 
your Excellency & Honors In your Great Wisdom shall Think 
best- 

- And your Petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever Pray &c— 

April 8 th 1755- 



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Peter Gilman 
Sam 1 Gilman 
Thomas Deane 
Theophilus Smith 
Daniel Thing 
John Lord 
Robert Light 
Josiah Gilraan 
Sam : Gilman. Jr 
John Phillips 
Daniel Gilman 
Nichv Gilman 
Thomas Lord 
Ben] 3 Thing 
Abner Thurston 
John Dean 
Narh ; Eolsom 
Summersbee Gilman 
Josiah Lade! 
Richard Smith 
Richard Smith. Jr 
Sam : Smith 
Josiah Barker 
Abner Doliof 
Sam ;: Doilof 
Joseph Doliof 
J o fa n R b 8 n s©n Jr 
Peter Robenson 
John Haines 
John Gilman, Tr 
Widow Marv Gilman 



John Lougee, Jr 
Edward Colcord 
Nicholas Smith 
Jonathan Judkins 
Joseph Mudget 
Jerimiah Folsora 
Thomas Nealej 
Joseph Acres 
Jonathan Ambrose 
Robert Lord 
Eiiphalet Lord 
Stephen Thing 
Joseph Stacey 
Jon- Young 
Benjeman Rogers 
Stephen Palmer 
John Leavitt 
Joseph Smith 
Wo d ley Cram 
Edmund Lougee 
Nathaniel Ladd 
Joseph Swasey 
John Boyoden 
Dudley James 
Trueworthy Gilman 
Thomas Piper 
Elias Ladd 
Daniel Gilman 
Nehemiah Gilman 
James Thurston Jr 
William Harris 



Province of N. Hampshire — 
In Council April 9" 1755 

Read 6c ordered to be sent down to the Hon bU Assembly 
Theodore Atkinson — Secrjr. 

Province of ") T , u ,- „ ... . ' "., " ■,«. 

tT t tt -in tne House ot Representatives April 10 h I7^s. 

New Hamps J y r '~ 3 

Upon Reading the within Petition, voted that the Petitioners be 
heard on the said. Petition in the third day of the sitting of the Gen ! 
Assembly next after the twenty eighth day of April Ins*- and y l the Pe- 
titioners at their own cost serve the Selectmen of Exeter with a copy 
of this Petition and of the orders thereon to shew cause if any they 
have why the Prayer of the Petition should not be granted 

Matthew Livermore; Clerk. 
In Council, Eod :n Die — 

Read Sl Concurred — 

Theod' Atkinson — Secry. 

Province ot \ Jn thg House of Representatives, Sept 6 th 175s 
New Hamp j r 1 r t?o 

Upon hearing the Petitioners of the within Petition and the Respon- 
dents Voted that the Petitioners be set off as a Distinct and Separate 
Parish from the old parish in Exeter with the Estates they do or shall 
own in s 1 Town for the time being and for the future that when any 
person or persons shall come into s' 1 Town to settle or any Person or 
Persons in. s ; Town shall arrive to the age of twenty one years such 
persons shall have the liberty of three months to determine to which 
Parish such Person will belong to gether with the Estates thev then do 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 293 

or afterwards shall own as afores d such Determination to be by giving- 
notice thereof in writing unto the cierk of the new parish within the 
s d three months and in default thereof to belong unto the old parish — 
That the petitioners be exempted from paving any Taxes unto the old 
parish for this present year or to the support or maintenance of the 
minister in the old parish or any thing relating to the ministerial Tax 
that s^ New parish have power to choose all officers necessary for man- 
aging parish affairs or to raising money for y° support and maintenance 
of the ministry, and that the petitioners have Liberty to bring in a Bill 
accordingly — 

Matthew Livermore 
. . Clerk. 

In Council, September 9 th 1755 
The within Votes of the House read & concurr'd 
Theod r Atkinson Secry 



Answer of the Tovjn Committee of Exeter to the foregoing. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain Genera! 
Governourand Commander in Cheif in and over his-Majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire and to the Honourable 
his Majesties Council and House of Representatives con- 
vened in General x\ssembly. 

We being chosen by the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the 
Town of Exeter to represent said Town, and on the behalf of 
our Constituents to make answer to a petition preferred to this 
Honorable Court by a number of Freeholders and Inhabitants 
of said Town praying that they and their Estates may for the 
future be exempted from paying to the support of the ministry 
in the old meeting House seeing they represent in their peti- 
tion, that a minister was settled contrary to the minds of many 
of the petitioners- In Answer to which, We humbly beg 
leave to reply as follows — 

I st Many of the petitioners especially those that entered 
their Dissents against the settlement of our Minister the- Rev' 1 
Mr Woodbridge Odlin were those that first invited him to 
preach in this place and were the Cheif Instruments of his 
being called from a remote place to labour among the people 
here, Who had he not esteemed their invitation to Him a call 
from God might now have been serving the Interest of the 
Redeemers Kingdom in a distant part, But the said Gentle- 
man being Induced by the Importunities of the said petition- 
ers and others in the Town accepted of the Invitation to 
employ his Labour among them for a considerable Time, of 
the expiration of which the Church & Congregation being 
sensible of the Infirmities of their aged pastor, tho't an assis- 
tant with him in the ministry and pastoral care of their souls 
would be for his & their comfort &. having had a long 



I 294 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Tryal of our present minister by a considerable majority were 

well satisfied with Him and made choice of him in a way 
agreeable to the Laws of the province. The Town proceeded 
at their annual meeting march 28, 1743 To Chuse a Commit- 
tee to agree with and settle the said Mr Odlin by a consider- 
able Majority, And this Committee was further confirmed in 
their office bv said Town, at a meeting- of the Freeholders & 
Inhabitants June 13: 1743- Those petitioners that entered 
their Dissents being present and voting with the Town at said 
meetings, as to the Validity and Regularity of the Settlement 
it was agreeable to the Majority of Town & Church approved 
of and ratified by a venerable Council called by this Church- 

2. Those who dissented against the settlement of the said 
minister among the petitioners are many of them such as rent 
themselves of from the Church Counter to their Covenant 
Engagements or Church Relation, & Contrary to the Plat- 
form of Church Discipline, and their setting up is disallowed 
off as being contrary to the Known order of our churches, and 
a Council of ten churches have in their Judgment upon the 
case declared their disallowance of those Brethrens withdraw 
as being very unjustifiable and reproachful to Religion. 

3. Those petitioners do not profess themselves to be of any 
different persuasion from the Church they belonged to. but 
acknowledge they are settled upon Congregational principles 

and that they could hold occasional Communion with our j 

minister & Church, and if so why not stated? What need of 
supporting a Seperate Interest to the prejudice of Religion 
and the peace Interest of the Town. 

4. We would inform the Court that there is but about 
twenty five of the petitioners that entered their Dissents against 
the settlement of our Minister the rest of them consisting of 
such persons as have moved into Town or come of age many 
of which posses no Estates in the Town and some that were 
forward for the settlement at that Time have for what Reasons 
we Know not been prevailed with to Join with Thern- 

5. The Town has already been divided into so many parishes 
that we conceive it is unreasonable & what would render it 
very inconvenient & detrimental to the Town, for a number of 
persons that dwell in the midst of us (which have no propect 
of- being better accomodated than they might be at the old 
Meeting house) to be exempted from supporting the charge of 
the public ministry, where they with their Families might 
conveniently attend, and we apprehend that we are not at 
present more than sufficient to support the charges of one 
parish with other public charges — 

6. We apprehend it is unreasonable that the petitioners their 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 295 

Families and Estates should be exempted from paying to our 
Minister, in that several of their Families attend public Wor- 
ship at the Old Meeting House and there is no prospect of their 
being inclined to alter their Sentiments- 

7. We concieve that the countenancing a Number of persons 
in setting up for themselves without sufficient Reasons that 
are not of different persuasions from those they went of from 
will be a tendency to the subversion of all Order in Towns & 
Churches- 
Wherefore from the consideration of the ill Consequences 
of Countenancing them in their irregular proceedings the 
great Disorder & Confusion that may thereby be introduced 
into Towns So Churches, we conceive will have a Tendency 
to the destroying of all order and running all into the utmost 
difficulty, if their petition shou'd begranted. Things being 
in such situation we cannot but apprehend that fixing them on 
a civil Establishment will be encouraging unwarrantable 
-seperations and -destructive to the peace and Order of the 
Churches in the province- 

For these & other weighty reasons that might be offered 
(which will occur to your minds) We humbly Pray. That 
your Excellency & Honours in your great wisdom would dis- 
miss so unreasonable .a petition which we conceive tends to 
the Subverson of Religion. 

Zeb q Giddinge 
John Rice. 



Result and advice of an Ecclesiastical Council, in Exeter. 

We the Elders Sc delegates of the third church of Christ in Ipswich, 
the two Churches in Cambridge & the third in Glocester Convened in 
Council July 29'^ 1755 in Exeter at the Mutual request of the Pastor & 
the first Church in s ! Town and a Number of the brethren called the 
New Gathered Church to Judge of all matters of difference subsisting 
between them in order to lead them into a happy Reconciliation & 
restoration to Christian Comunion and fellowship — After humble 
Supplication to God for direction in this Important affair and full hear- 
ing the parties came to the following Result: 

i 3t Notwithstanding any Greivances the Brethren of the New Gath- 
er'd Church (so called) may have met with or apprehended they had 
met with from their late Rev'd Pastor and the brethren of the Church 
yet we Judge their manner of withdrawing Comunion from the Church 
was disorderly, And that such a conduct tends to destroy the peace 
and order of these churches, but we Apprehend some Charitable allow- 
ances are to be made in favour of these brethren Considering the Cir- 
cumstances of those times and their plea of unacquaintedness with the 
order of these Churches. 

2 <iiy We Judge the Reflections of the Separating Brethren upon the 
late Pastor & the Other brethren of the Church (Calling them oppos- 



296 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



ers of the work 01 Gods Soverain Grace &c) to be unbecoming Expres- 
sions, savouring of an uncharitable Spirit or of too great abounding in 
their own sense and opinion of things, and we should have been glad 
if they had been more full and Express in Acknowledging the warmth 
& Severity of their Expressions. 

3*'y With respect to receiving to Comunion the members of other 
churches who are under admonition : we declare that such a practice is 
utterly inconsistent with the order and peace of these churches, and. 
that if this New Gathered Church (so called) retain any such members 
it is Just matter of offence to the churches of Christ, and in order to 
any reconciliation with these churches it is our Judgment that they 
deny such members any further, fellowship in Special Ordinances till 
they are restored to the Charity of the Churches to which they respect- 
ively belong or regularly dismissed. 

4 th! - v Provided the New Gathered Church (so-called) shall manifest 
their consent to and acceptance of the Judgement of this Councill as 
above and their readiness to Practice agreably hereto, wee advise the 
Pastor and first Church in this Town to forgive their brethren whatso- 
ever has been offensive in their late Transactions and not withstanding 
the Exceptionable stepps they have taken towards their being formed 
into a Church State, Yet that they own them as a Church of our Lord 
Jesus Christ and their Pastor (so called) as a minister of Christ and 
receive them to Christian comunion in all Ordinances and acts there 
of as they do other Churches, 

jtWy And upon their Complying as above we recomend them also to 
the fellowship Si comunion of all the other churches in the land walk- 
ing in the faith & order of the Gospel : At the same time Earnestly 
recomending it to the New Gathered Church (so called) to pay all due 
respect to the churches of Christ, and to Exercise great caution that 
they avoid every thing which may greive or offend them : And now 
dear brethren of the New gathered church (so called) we have pro- 
posed such terms for your being accepted into comunion with the 
churches as upon a Mature Impartial weighing matters we think highly 
reasonable for you to comply with, and such as we Judge necessary, to 
secure the Interest of Religion, the honour of Christ, and the peace 
and Safety of these churches. We therefore cannot but hope that God 
will convince you of your duty here in And incline you to a hearty 
complyance herewith — And as to the Rev ' Pastor and beloved breth- 
ren of the first church, we cannot but hope, that considering the times 
which have pass'd over us, and the present Circumstances ofyourSep- 
erating brethren, you will upon their Submitting to and accepting of" 
our Judgment .5c advice forgive them in whatever has been by them 
Greivous or offensive to you <$: receive them, (together with the person 
whom they acknowledge for their Pastor) in their respective capacities 
and treat them accordingly by all propper acts of Christian Fellowship 
& Comunion, And now Rev d Hon a & Beloved it will be to us matter 
of Joy and thankfullness to see the people of God in this place thus 
united in holy fellow ship : And we Earnestly Exhort tic beseech you 
in the bowels of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive one another as you 
hope that God for Christs sake will forgive you. and that vou would 
Embrace one another as in times past in the Arms of Love *& Charity, 
And that there be a friendly interchange ot all acts of Christian, broth- 
erly Comunion as occasion may Call for. And that there be a careful! 
avoiding Everything in Speech or behaviour, that may grieve or offend 
Each other, and if there should be some different sentiment as to some 
particular poi-n-ts, t-hatther-ebe a careful preserving-the unity of the Spirit 
in the bond of peace. Finally brethren farewel. be perfect be of Good 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 297 

Comfort, be of one mind, live in peace and the God of Love and peace 
shall be with you,- Amen, 

Exeter Aug 8 ' I st 1755. Voted unanimously 

Sam 1 Wiglesworth, 

Moderator- 
A true copy. Attest Sam Cook. Scribe 



Acceptance of the foregoing Result and- Advice. 

At a meeting of the New Gath d Church of Christ in Exeter — August 

4 th * 755* ' 

Voted-- That we consent to and accept of the Judgment and Advice of 
the Council mutually chosen by us and the first church of Christ in 
said Town — as is contained in their result dated August i sl 1755 — and 
sign'd by the Rev d Samuel Wigglesworth as moderator — and we hereby 
manifest our Readiness to practice agreeably thereto. 

Voted likewise — That a copy of the above be sent to the Rev' 1 Wood- 
bridge Odlin, to be communicated to the first Church of Christ ia 
Exeter. 

Samuel Gilman ] Ruling Eld rs in 
Daniel Thing I behalf of the 
John Phillips J Church. 



Province of 1 To the Hon Wl ' His Majesties Councill For the Pro?- 
New Hanrpsh* j ince of New Hampshire — 

These certifie that the sum which was voted by the Town of Exeter 
to the Rev 1 Mr. Woodbridge Odlin this Present year was for his Sal- 
ary only, & not for any Arrearages due to him from the Town. But 
as there was something due to him from the Town at that time, The 
same is Included in the Town Rate for the Current Year and not in the 
Ministers Rate. 

Ail which is Humbly Certified by your Hon rs most Hum !e Servants — 



Selectmen 

of 

Exeter. 



Josiah Gilman 
Rob' Light 
Jonathan Gilman Jr 
Charles Rundlet 
Exeter SepF 8 l!l 1755. 

Concurred, but care must be taken in the act to have Provision that 
the Town may choose officers to make the ministerial rate — and also to 
repair the churches reciprocally That all arrearages if any be paid by 
both as if not separated. The act will not Pass without these articles 
are Inserted. 



Petition of John Odlin and others for power to call Parish 
meetings, dec. 

To His Excellency Berming Wentworth Esq. Governor and 
Commander in Cheif in and over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire, the Hon Me his Majestys Council & House 
of Representatives in General Assembly Convened Dec. 6 th 
1763. 

Humbly shews John Odlin, Josiah Sanborn and Sam 1 
Brooks, all of Exeter in said Province : 

That by an Act Pass'd in the twenty ninth year of his Late 



298 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Majestys Reign a new Parish was incorporated in that part of 
Exeter Remaining, (commonly called the Town) after the 
Parishes of Brentwood & Epping were set off which was 
called the new Parish & Invested with the Powers usual in 
such Cases, and the remaining part of said Town was made a 
Parish & authorized to manage their affairs Relating to the 
support of the Gospel ministry, Separately and for that pur- 
pose was authorized to chuse assessors of the Parish Taxes 
Collectors &c which were to be chosen at the annual Town 
meeting for as to Town affairs there was no alteration by said 
act and this was the only matter that could be transacted at 

the Town meeting respecting said Parish as may at 

large appear by reference to said act. 

That your Petition 5 suppose it was the design of said Act 
that such assessors should be authorized to call such meetings 
of said Parish as there should be occasion for without any re- 
gard or matter to be done by the select men of the Town, but 
that power is not given (unless by a very remote Implication) 
so that as to any special Business to be done by said Parish as 
repairs additions &c to their meeting house they have no 
method of consulting and Determining but what is drawn with 
Question & Dispute upon the Doubt about calling the meeting 
nor can they obtain a meeting for the Select men refuse to call 
it and the assessors doubt their authority 

That there is a necessity of repair- their meeting house 
purchasing a Bell & transacting other Parochial affairs which 
are all suspended by the ambiguous Language of said act 
Wherefore your Petitioners pray the advisement of the 
General Assembly thereon and that by a Resolve they would 
Declare that the said assessors have Power to call such meet- 
ings of said Parish, if it appears to be within the Intention of 
said Act, or to put said Parish or remaining part of said Town 
under a new Regulation, & that no officer of the Town as 
such may have any thing to do with said Parish and that your 
Petitioners may have Leave to Bring in a Bill accordingly 
and they shall ever Pray &c. 

John Odlin, 
Sam' Brooks. 



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TOWN PAPERS — -FRANCESTOWN. 299 

FRANCESTOWN. 

[This town wa6 settled about 1760 by John Carson, a Scotchman, and 
was incorporated 8 th of June, 1772. Ed.] 

Petitio?i for a land tax to build a Meeting kouse, dec. 
Province of ^j To his Excellency John Wcntworth, Esq. 
New Hampshire ! Captain Genneral and Governer in Chief 
County of ( in and over his Majestys Province of 
Hilsborough j New Hampshire and to the Hon bls his 
Majesties Council & House of Repre- 
sentatives and general Court Assembled — 
The Petition of us the Subscribers Humbly Sheweth : 
That Whereas Frances Town in the Province and County 
aforesaid hath no Land left or laid out by the Original Pro- 
prietors for the Encouragment of the first Gospel Minister to 
settle amongst us we your Humble Petitioners humbly desire 
your Excellency and Honnours to make an Act To Collect or 
raise a Tax of a Penny half penny per acre for two yeais or 
more or less as your Excellency and Honnours shall see fit 
upon all the land within the Town afforesaid for the settle- 
ment of our first Minister and Building a Meting House your 
Excellency and Honnors Complience herewith will verry much 
serve our Intrest and Encourage the Settlement of the Wilder- 
ness : And your Humble Petitioners as in Duty bound shall 
ever Pray — 

Francestown iVprile 22 d AD : 1773. 
Thomas Quigly Oliver Holmes 

John Quigly Asa Lewes 

Thomas Quigly, Jr Nathan Clough 

James Hopkins Samuell Nicolas 

Robert Fulton, Jr William M Master 

John Dickey Hugh M : Gumery 

William Lee Robert Morel 

William Starrett John Carson 

Sam' 1 Nutt John Brown 

Adam Dickey David Lewis 

William Holmes Henry M farson 

Joseph Dickey Charies Mellon 

Benjamin Seleper Samuel Gregg 

Samuel Marten John Hopkins 

William Butterfield Robert Hopkins 

William Butterfield. David Gregg 

Nathan Fisher 
Province of New Hampshire- 
In Council May 13^*1773- 

Read & Ordcr'd to be sent down to the Hon Me Assembly. 
Geo : King Dep> Sec--' 
In the house of Represen 1 May 14, 1773. 

On Reading the foregoing Petition Order'd that the Petitioners at 
their Own Cost cause the Substance of said Petition to be printed in 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



the New Hampshire Gazzette three weeks successively & that the Peti- 
tioners mar be heard thereon the third day of the sittingof the General 
Assembly after the 15" day of June next — 

William Parker, Clerk. 
In Council Eodem die, 
Read and Concur'd. 

Geo : King, D. Secv. 

^Ham^hirf"} 1 " the House ° f R ^^' ^ '*" '774- 

Voted that the Prayer of this Petition be granted that the Petition™ 
have leave to bring in a bill for laying a tax on the Lands mention'd ia 
said Petition for the term of two years of a One penny half penny an 
Acre Each year 

W U1 Parker Cler. 
In Council Eodem die, . 

Read and Concurred with this amendment, that the Lands in said 
Frances Town belonging to the Purchasers of Masons Patent be ex- 
empted from the above mention'd tax. 
* Geo King, D. Secry. 

NewHamp^} In the House of Re P resents J an *&* 1774- 

The Above vote, of Council read & non concurred & Voted that the 
House adhere to their former Vote. 

W m Parker, Clerk 
In Council Jan>" 19 th 1774. 
Read and nonconcurred. 

Geo. King, D. Secry. 
In the House of Representatives Jan>' 19/ 
Voted that the Prayer of this Petition 
ers have liberty to bring in a bill, for laving a Tax on the lands men- 
tion'd in said Petition for the Term of Two years of one penny half 
penny pr acre Each year. Provided it shall not Interfere with or make 
void any former agreement made between the Grantors, or any of them, 
& the Grantees of Said Francestown 

William Parker, Clerk, Assembly 
In Council Eodem die. 
Read and Concur'd. 

Geo. King, D. Secy. 



1774- 
be granted, that the Petition- 



FRAXCONIA. 



[Franconia, which was originally called Morristown, was granted 
February 14, 1764, to Isaac Searle and others. The first permanent 
settlement was made in 1774. Ed.] 

Petition of jfohn Wendell, agent, for the tozvn of Fran- 

conia. 
Province of ) To Flis Excellency John Wentvvorth Esq r 
New Hamps r ) Captain General Governour & Commander 
in Chief in & Over His Majestys Province 
of New Hampshire and Vice admiral of the Same in Coun- 
cil— 

The Petition of John Wendell of Portsmouth in the County 



Petition of Alexander Phelps and others, relating to forfeit- 
tire and re-grant of Pranconia and Lincoln. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General, 

Gov 1 " and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's 

Province of New Hampshire. In Council 

The Petition of Alexander Phelps and his Associates hum- 
bly sheweth that there is a Tract of Land in Said Province, 
Containing about forty six Thousand Acres without any allow- 
ance for highways &c, formerly Granted by the Names of 
Franconia and Lincoln, which Land has been hitherto wholly 
neglected by the rormer Grantees and thereby become for- 



TOWN PAPERS — FRANCONIA. 3OI 

of Rockingham in the Province aforesaid Esq r in behalf of 
himself and as Agent to the Hon bIa John Temple Esq. Sir 
Francis Barnard Bart., Thomas Hubbard Esq. and Benjamin 
Akerman unto your Excellency and the Hon ble Council Hum- 
bly Shews — 

That your Petitioner & the aforementioned Gentlemen claim 
Lands by Purchase & as Grantees in the Township of Fran- 
■ccnia, and that he applied to his Excellency before the Expi- 
ration of the Charter for a renewal thereof in behalf of the 
former Grantees who was pleased to grant him a Warrant to 
the Surveyor General to procure a survey thereof: who there- 
upon issued out Orders to Benj. Whiting Esq r as his D tr Sur- 
veyor, to return a survey thereof, and the -Said Whiting and 
others have made Several attempts for that Purpose at a con- 
siderable Expence to your Petitioner but has not been able to 
effect it by reason of impassable Mountains & has informed 
your Petitioner that one half of said Township is so moun- 
tainous & Rockey as not to be inhabited. And your Peti- 
tioner in behalf of himself & those he represents humbly begs 
leave to represent unto your Excellency & Honours, that they 
are the Only Persons who have been at any Expence upon 
this Service or have any way regarded the Township as worth 
their Notice, as also to pray your excellency & Honours to 
grant so much of said Township, as may be found Inhabita- 
ble on a survey thereof, to your Petitioner and his Associates, 
& so much of the Township of Lincoln adjoining thereto as 
will make a full Township on which your Petitioner & his 
associates may make a settlement of the same : or otherwise 
to relieve them on the Prayer of this Petition as your Excel- 
lency tSc Honours in your Wisdom think proper, & your Peti- 
tioner as in Duty Bound shall Ever pray — 

John Wendell. 

Portsm Jan" 22, 1773. 



302 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

felted, which lands altho much broken may answer for a Set- 
tlement, for a Small number of Inhabitants — Whereupon your 
Petitioners most humbly pray your Excellency to Grant and 
Confirm to them their Heirs and Assigns the whole of said 
Lands. Except Six Thousand acres, butting westerly two 
miles wide, on y e Town of LandarT and Southerly five miles 
on y e Southerly Line of said Tract — Subject to usial & Cus- 
tomary Restrictions & Limitations and they as in Duty bound 
shall ever pray. 

Alex" Phelps. 
Portsmouth, May 31, 1772. 



GILMANTON. 

[This town was granted May 20, 1727, to twenty-four persons by the 
name of Giiman. and 152 others. Ed.] 

Province of } To His Excellency Benning Wentworth 
New Hampshire J Esqr. Captain General Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief In & Over his Majes- 
ty's Province of New Hampshire — To the Hon ble His 
Majesty's Council & House of Representatives Convened in 
General Assembly. 

The Petition of Theophilus Smith Esq f Capt n John Odlin, 
& Doct r Josiah Giiman a Comittee for and in behalf of the 
Proprietors of the Township of Gilmantown in said Province, 

Humbly Sheweth 
That the Settlement of the Said Township has been long Re- 
tarded by Reason that no Provision hath yet been made for a 
Legal Taxation to be made & levyed on the said Proprietors 
to Defray the Charge of said Propriety which Have already 
arisen or may hereafter Arise in Settling Said Township — 

That if such Provision be made by An Act of this Hon Me 
Court, the said Petitioners believe that a Settlement of the Said 
Township may be soon Effected — 

That Such Settlement of said Township will be not only a 
great Benefit to the Said Proprietors, But to the Province In 
General- : — 

Wherefore the Petitioners Humbly Pray That your Excel- 
lency & Hon r * will take the Matters of this Petition Under 
your w r ise Consideration and Pass such Act or Acts to Enable 
the said Proprietors to Raise such Sum or sums of money by 
Taxing the said Proprietors (as they shall find necessary from 



TOWN PAPERS GILMANTON. 303 

time to time to Defrey the charges aforesaid) as your Excel- 
lency & Hon rs In your Great Wisdom shall see fitt. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray & c 
May 15 th 1760. 

Theo. Smith 
John Odlin 

JOSIAH GlLMAN. 

In Council May 16, 1760. 
Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon bla House 
Theod r Atkinson Secry. 

Province of j T ^ house of Representatives Febv 12 th 1761 
New Hamps J r ' 

This petition being Read — Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted 
& have Liberty to Bring In a Bill accordingly. 

A. Clarkson, Clerk. 
In Council Feb. 13 th 1761 
Read & Concurrd. 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 



GILSUM. 

[This town was incorporated July 6, 1763. Ed.] 



Assent of inhabitants of Gilsum to be set off. 

N e wH V r p e sh°Iar}G>'s U Tn, Ju> 7 the x« AD: t 7 68, 

This may CertiSe the Honerabell General Cortof this Provence, that 



Vote of Westmoreland to set off a part of the Inhabitants' 
to Gilsum. 

1766. Att a Meeting of the free holders and the Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Westmorland holden on March the Twelfth Day 1766, 
Voted to set of the people to Gilsum that Belong to the North East 
corner of this Town from Walpole Corner to Keen Line — 

ATrew Coppy as Recorded on the Town Book. 

Isaac Butterfield j-Town Clerk 



Vote of Gilsum to set off the west end of the town. 

Province of New Hampshire. 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Gilsum meet at the 
House of Mr Jonathan Smiths in s d Town on Tuesday the 26*^ of Au- 
gust 1766 being meet and duly formed Mr Joseph Spensor Being chose 
Moderator to Govern S a Meeting Sd Inhabitants Voted to seet off the 
West End of S 1 Towne as far East as the Mountain Range — 

A True Coppy of the Vote as it was then past 

Test pr. me, Tobadiah Willcox, 
Town clerk. 

Gilsum Sep ta y e i at 1766. 



304 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

we the Subscribers. Inhabitince of the East parte of the Town of said 
Giisum Do Agrea and give our free Concente that the West pearte of 
this the Said Town of Giisum shold be sett off to be one Intier Town 
Pearish or presink with a part of Westmoland and to Extend as fear 
East as is here Disscribed (viz) To Begin at the South Line of said 
Giisum 80 Rods East of the South East Corner of Westmoland Ledg 
(So cald) and to Run North by the neadel 260 Rods then Makeing a 
seatt off 80 Rods East, and then Running North by the Neadel a cross 
the said Town — 
In Conformacion hereof we Subscribe 

Josiah Kilburn, Henry White 

Ebenezer Kilborn Pelatiah Pease 

Jonathan Adams ' John Chapman 

Medad Thornton Obediah Willcox. 



Petition for a ?ieiv town. 
To His Excellency John Wentyyorth Esq. Captain General, 
Governour &c in and oyer his Majestys Proyince of New- 
Hampshire — The Hon bie His Majesty's Council and House 
of Representatiyes for said Province — 

The Petition of the Subscribers, Inhabitants of the West- 
erly Part of the Township of Giisum and the Northwesterly 
Part of the Township of Westmoreland in said Province 
Humbly Sheweth : 

That said Westerly part of Giisum being seperated from 
the Easterly Part of the Same Township by a long and im- 
passable Mountain almost thro the Township of said Giisum 
Dividing the Same so as leave about one third part of the 
Lands of the Township of said Giisum on the Westerly side 
of said Mountain, and no convenient Communication can be 
had with the Easterly Part of Said Township, so very neces- 
sary for the well Regulating and management of Town affairs ; 
and the Westerly part of said Giisum being too Small in Con- 
tents of Land for a Seperate & Distinct Town, Parish or Pre- 
cinct, And whereas the Northwesterly part of said West- 
moreland being that part of said Town Called Westmoreland 
Leg Lying at a Great Distance from and very dificult Passage 
to the main Body of y-' Town and Inhabitants of said West- 
morland and also Paying large Taxes for the Support of the 
Ministry & other Town Charges, without being able to Re- 
ceive any Benefit or advantage therefrom And being adjoining 
to and conveniently Situate to be joined and incorporated 
with said Westerly part of Giisum therewith to make one 
Seperate and Distinct Town &c. 

Now your Petitioners humbly pray your Excellency and 
Honour that Said Westerly part of Giisum and Northeasterly 
part of Westmoreland : (viz begining at the Southeast corner 
of Walpole thence running Southerly on a Straight Line to 
the North West corner of Keene thence running Easterly on 






TOWN PAPERS — GILSUM. 



305 



the Line of said Keene to the Southeast corner of Westmore- 
land Leg so called and continuing the same Line Eighty Rods 
East of Sd (last mention'd) corner thence runing North two 
Hundred and Sixty Rods, thence East Eighty Rods, thence 
on a North Line to the North Line of said Township of Gil- 
sum thence West on the Line of Said Gilsum to the North- 
west Corner of the Same thence South on the Line between 
said Gilsum & Walpole to the first mentioned Bounds that 
part of said Westmorland & Gilsum included in the afore- 
mentioned Lines, may be taken off from y e aforesaid Towns 
of Westmoreland & Gilsum; and be Erected made and Incor- 
porated into one Seperate & Destinct Town, Corporation & 
Body Politick with all the Powers, Priviledges and immuni- 
ties that any town hath or by Law ought to have in said 
Province or otherways as to your Excellency & Honours seam 
fit and as in Duty bound shall Ever pray-(i) 
Dated Giisum'july the 4 th AD. 176S. 
Obadiah Willcox Benjamin Wheeny ? 

Samuel Hall ' Joshua Fuller 

JobGleason. Joseph Mack 

Joseph Spencer Jonathan Pareish 

Moses Field Peter Hayward 

Thomas Smith William Barns 

Ichabod Smith Charles Rice 

Eliphalet Darte Nathaniel Darte 

John Marvin. Jonathan Smith 

Abel Allen Jonathan Smith, Jr 

Woolston Brockway 

(1) A plan of the proposed new town is found in the original MS., volume III., p. 
77. Ed. 

In Council October 22 d 1768. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to Hon Me Assembly 
Geo : King, DepJ" Secry. 

NewHaSos'!* 11 the House of Representatives Oct r 25 th 1768. 

The foregoing Petition being Consider'd and the Votes of Each 
Town Shewing their willingness, also a Plan Produced, 

Voted That the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a bill for Incor- 
porating said Town Pray'd for the Bounds to be Agreeable to the said 
plan 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Eodem Die — 

Read & Concurrd — 

Geo. King, Depy Secry. 

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306 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

GOFFSTOWN. 

[This town was originally granted by the Province of Massachu- 
setts, and was incorporated June 16, 1761. Ed.] 

Petition of Archibald Stark for soldiers to guard the 
garrison at Amoskcag. t 

To His Excellency Benning WentWorth Esq. Capt General, 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over His Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire the Hon''* His Majesty's 
Council and House of Representatives for said Province in 
General Assembly Convened March the 9 th 1 747 . 
The Humble Petition of Archibald Stark of a place called 
Amaskege in said Province Shews — 

That your Petitioner has lived at said Place for the term of 
ten ye*ars last past and has at his own cost Built a Garrison 
there of Considerable Strength & Conveniency by which the 
Place may be Defended against the Common Enemy with the 
assistance of a Competent number of Soldiers : 

That there are' upwards of twenty families that are settled 
there which have been Encouraged by your Petitioners Reso- 
lution hitherto to Stand their Ground & maintain their Settle- 
ments who must inevitably leave them if the said Garrison 
should be broken up — ' That the Situation is such as make 
it a place of Importance to be Supported being a Common 
Stage between Londonderry Chester and Pennycoke Suncoke 
& other Settlements 8c in the Course of Business there very 
Convenient for Travellers to Stop at, & proves a necessary 
means of Communication between the settlements as well as a 
Barrier & cover to many Settlements & families between that 
and Londonderry — That as your Petitioner has been at great 
charges to bring his Plantation there, to the Condition it is 
now in & laid out all his substance for that purpose (whereby 
he Conceives he may justly be Esteemed a Public Benefactor) 
it is not only of the utmost Importance to him that the Place 
be Defended, but also gives him some claim to ask it, and as 
his Fortune Depends upon it, and it may be his Life as welt 
as others, He most Humbly Prays that a Competent Number 
of Soldiers may be allowed him to be Posted at said Garrison 
& to Guard & Defend him and others in Performing the nec- 
essary Labours of the Ensuing season, that -their- Husbandry 
may not be Dimminished and your Petitioner as in Duty 
bound Shall Ever pray &c. 

Archibald Stark. 
In Council March o> 1747. 

Read & Order'd to be sent to the Hon bie House. 
Theodore Atkinson, Secv. 



TOWN PAPERS — GOFFSTOWN. 



307 



be said Committee. 



Votes at a tozvn meeting in Goffstovm. 
County of Hillsborough Y A meeting legally warned and 

in Province of New Hampshire / held at the meeting house in Goffs- 

town on munday the 15 Day of 
July 1 77 1. 

Votted, Capt James Karr Moderator. 
Votted, That the meeting be carried on by Poleing. 
Votted, That there be a comittee chose in order to treete with Mr 
Joseph Currier in order for settlement — 

Votted, That there be seven men chose for sd committee. 
Votted, Samuel Blodget Esq] 

Capt James Karr 
Jotham Tuttle 
Job Dow 
Tho s Sherla 
Alex' 1 - Gilcrest 
Votted, Fifteen pounds Lawfull money to Descharge the Debt of 
said Town. 

Votted, To throw up the Road from Jonathan Martins, to Capt 
Ladds and c.vcept of the Road that was laid out by the selectmen last 
year, and that Capt Ladd is Satisfied for the same. 

Votted, That the Town will prosecute those that have trespassed on 
the ministers and school lots. 

Votted, That the meeting Stand adjourn'd until Monday the 29 Day 
of July at four oclock in the after noon. 

The Inhabitants being met according to said adjournment July 29, 

Votted, To Receive the Report of the Commitee, viz 
• Sam* 1 Blodget Esqr 
Capt James Karr 
Jotham Tuttle 
Job Dow 
Tho 3 Shirla 
Alex r Gilcrest 
Votted, That the meeting be Dismissed 

A True Coppv of Record attest pr 

Alex. Walker, Town Clerk. 



Petition for a Presbyterian Society. 
To His Excellency, John Wentworth Esq. Cap 1 ' Gen 1 Gov- 
ernour and Commander in Chief, in and over his Majesty s 
Province of New Hampshire, In N. England — And to the 
Honourable his Majestys Council & House of Representa- 
tives In General Assembly Conven'd. 

The humble Petition of his Majesty's Subjects, Inhab t3 of 
Golfs Town and Province affors 1 

Sheweth- 
That your Petitioners most or all of them have been educated 
in the Presbyterian Persuasion and look on themselves as 
bound in conscience still to adhere to the same persuasion ; 
That your Petitioners generally inhabit one part of said 



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Goffs Town which renders their associating together for pub- 
lick worship more convenient — 

That your Petitioners have had some supply of preaching 
from the Presbyter}' to which we are connected and expect 
more from time to time, and soon to be in a Capacity (through 
Providential Smiles) to build a meeting House, and settle a 
Minister of their own persuasion. 

May it therefore please your Excellency & Honours impar- 
tially to consider the Premises, and by your authority to enact 
that your Petitioners may be a 'distinct Society Cloath'd with 
Parish powers that so they may be in a Legal Capacity of 
Levying Parish Charges, and your Petitioners as in duty 
bound shall ever pray &c — 



Dated at Goffstown, 

November 2* ! 1771. 

William Madole 
Thomas Shirla 
John Dinsmoor 
Alex T Gilcrest 
John Dunlap 
Robert Sherly (?) 
John Gillmor 
George Addison 
Sana 1 . M«FarJand 
John Orr 
James Marr 
Ma 1 Kennedy 
Daniel M farland 
James M'ferson, Jr 
James M ferson 
Tho' Miller 
Danell Marr 
James Barr 



Tho 3 Kennedy 
Robart Kennedy 
Samuel Kennedy 
Wilam M'ferson 
John M° ferson 
James Moor 
William Dunlap 
John Butterfield 
George Cunningham 
James Barr, Jr. 
Antipas Dodge 
Joseph Kennedy 
David M c Clure 
Jn a Little 
Daniel Allen 
Silas Walker 
David Currier 
Alexander M' Cay 



Petition of the Inhabitants of Goifsiown, 1772, relating to 

tow?i disputes. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Capt. Gen 1 Gov. & 
Commander in Cheef in and over His Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire, & Vice admiral of the same. The hon ble 
His Majestys Council & House of Representatives for said 
Province to be conven'd at Portsm in said Province on 
Tuesday the 19 th day of May Current. 

We the Subscribers Inhabitants of Goffestown in the County 
of Hillsboro' in said province, humbly Complains — 

That the Inhabitants of said Goffes Town at their last an- 
nual march meeting having some disputing on the business of 
the Day, after which the Select men published who were Legal 



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Voters, according to the Law of said province, after which 
the Votes were bro't in for a Moderator, The Votes were 25 
for the hon ble Sam 1 Blodget Esq Sc 26 for Alex' 1 Gilchrist, on 
which said Mr Blodget said one John Pattie was not a legal 
Voter, (who had voted for said Gilchrists being Moderator) 
the select men said he was, but Mr Blodget insisted he was 



not, & that his Vote should be thrown out, 



was done^ 



Then the Votes stood 25 for one & 25 for the other, after 
which Mr Blodget pulled a power of Attorney out of his 
pocket-, & read it, given by one Job Roweli (who is since 
dead) to his son Jonathan Roweli a minor & who had never 
been rated, Impowering said Jonathan to Vote at said meet- 
ing & Mr Blodget insisted That said Jon a had a Legal Right 
to vote in Said Meeting by virtue of said power which said 
Joni 1 did & voted for Mr Blodget to be Moderator, w dl turned 
the vote in Mr Blodgets favour & that said Pattie was not al- 
lowed to Vote, & the said Jonathan's voting & Pattie being 
deprived, caused different men to be chose Town Officers, than 
would have been, by which Means we humbly conceive we 
are much injured and deprived of our just & Legal Rights, 
Wherefore we your Complainants & petitioners humbly prays 
your Exceil : ' & Honours to take our Case into your Consid- 
eration Sc grant us such relief as in your great wisdom shall 
seem meet, & your petition" as in Duty bound shall ever 
pray— 

Dated at Goffe's Town the 18 th day of May, AD. 1772. 
David Currier John Dinsmoor 

George Hadley Sam 1 M : farland 

Alex' Gilchrist Robert Speer 

John Little Will 1 " Dunlap 

Tho> Miller Thomas Shirla 

Daniel Man* Antipas Dodge 

James Marr John Clogston 

James Moor Daniel Allen 

James Barr Silas Walker 

Ja 3 Barr, Jr John Butterfield 

Alex T M Cay Ja 3 Fearson 

Samuel Kennedy Dan 1 M^Farland 

Thomas Kennedy William Fearson 

Phineas Hadley James Ferson 

George Cunningham John Orr 

Robert Kennedy David M c Clue 

.George Addison • John Dunlap 

Joseph Kennedy Asa Patie 

Matt" r Kennedy William Madole 

In Council May 21-' 1772. 

Read & order d to be sent down to the hon ble Assembly — 
Geo King, D- v Secry. 
May 22 d 1772. In the house of Representatives — Upon Reading 
this Petition 
Voted — that the pet s be heard on the said petition on the firstTues- 






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day in June next & that they serve the said Mr Blod^et & the former 
select men with the copy of said petition & order of Court thereon. 

W* Parker, Cler. 
In Council Eodem die, 
Read & Concurrd. 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry — 
Copy Ex a Theodore Atkinson Secry. 

May 30 th 1772. We the Subscribers bein present an saw Mr Jn l> 
Pattey Rase his name which was granted at his Request. 

Thomas Saltmarsh 
Jonathan Martain 



A tozun meetitig called. 

Province of 1 The freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town 
New Hampr [of Goffs Town Qualified as the Law Directs, are hereby 
County of j notified to meet at the meeting hous in s 1 Town on 
'Hillsborough J Wednesday the fourteenth Day of this Instant January, 
at one oclock afternoon, then and there to act on the 
following artickles 

i 5t To Choose a moderator 

2 d! J' To see if the Town will chuse one or more meet Persons to be 
Conjoynt with Capt James Karr one of the Selectmen of this Town, to 
make answer agreeable to a citation from his Excelency the Governor 
and Council and house of Representatives to a petition of a number of 
the Inhabitants of this Town, who are praying His Excellency the 
Governour and Council and house of Representatives to sett them off 
in a Distinct Parish, by themselves, and that the person or persons 
chosen as above be Impowered -to transact any Other matter wherein 
the Town is concerned at the General Court 

3 dl . v To see if the Town will raise any Monies to defray the charges 
arising in attending the General Court and how much 

4 thI . v To Chuse a Committee to Sash and glass the Meeting house 

t|taiy t Chuse a committee to settle the accounts with Sam" Blodget 
Esq and see whether the Town will allow him Intrest for the moneys 
Due to him 

6 th 'y To see if the Town Excuse Capt Alexander Todd from paying 
Rates to the Minister he being a Presbyterian 

Dated at Goffstown January i jt 1772 

To Sam !! Richards, Constable, 

James Karr 1 c , , 
Alex' Todd j Selectmen 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have warned all the persons within 
named to meet at time and place. 

Sam il Richards, Constable 
Goffs town January 15, 1772 

A true Coppy of Record, 

Attest pr. Alex ir Walker— Town Clerk. 



TOWN PAPERS — GOFFSTOWN. 311 

Proceeditigs at a toiun meeting. 
At a meeting Legally warned and held at the meeting house in Goffes 
Town on Wednesday the 14 Day of January 1772. 
Votted Samuel Blodget Esq Moderator, 

Votted That- Sam 1 ' Blodget Esq. and Sam' 1 Richards be a committee - 
conjoynt with Capt James Karr one of the select men to make answer 
to the" citation from his Excelency the Governour and Council andhous 
of Representatives to a petition of a number of the inhabitants of this 
Town who are praying his Excelency the Hon ble his Majestys Court 
and house of Representatives to set them of a parish by themselves 
and that they are Empowered to transact any other matter Concearning 
the Town of Goffes Town 

Votted Twelve Pounds Law full money be raised to Defray the 
charges arising in attending the Generall Court 

Votted To Chuse.a committee to sash and glase the meeting house 
Votted That this said co mini tee consist of three men 

Capt Joseph Little 1 
Votted Tho' Saltmarsh j-be said Commitee 

Aaron Weils J 

Votted That there be a commitee to settle with Sam' 1 Blodget Esq 
Votted. That said commitee consist of three men. 

Benjamin Stevens ~\ 
Votted Samuell Richards > be said Commitee 

Capt Joseph Little J 
Votted That Sam :i Blodget Esq Shall be allowed Intrest for his 
money 

Votted That the meeting be Dismissed 
A true Copv of Record 

Attest Pr, Alex' Walker Town Clerk, 



- Petition for an emission of paper money. 
The Honourable Senate and House of Representatives of the 

State of New Hampshire to be Conven'd on the first 

Wednesday in September 17S6. 

The Petition of the free holders and other Inhabitants of 
OofFs-Town 

Humbly Sheweth — 

That we your Hon"" Petitioners, perceiving the declining 
condition of our Country and of this our State of New Hamp- 
shire in particular the Stagnation of Trade and Commerce 
amongst us as well as the slow progress of Agriculture and 
Mechanichism, together with the additional Calamity of an 
enormous debt incurred by the late unhappy War ; 

Prevails with us your Honours Petitioners to present you, 
with these our Grievances as we apprehend they proceed In- 
tirely from the Scarcity of Cash amongst us through the want 
of which we cannot discharge either our publick or private 
<iebts — Conduct Trade or Commerce, Neither can the needy 
purchase the necessary articles of Sustainance — As we presume 
•every thinking person who has the care of the Welfare of his 



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Country at heart, plainly discerns the several causes from 
whence these our grieviances proceeded, as also the many 
Glaring and impending Calamities that are likely to ensue 
them (unless timeously remedied) we think it needless therefore 
to point them out to your Honours : 

But to redress our Grieviances we would humbly pray your 
Honours forthwith to emitt a Quantity of paper Currency suf- 
ficient to discharge this States Domestic debt for which the- 
subjects are oppress' d by paying the Interest, and to be a Cir- 
culating Medium of Trade within this state — Let said cur- 
rency be put into Circulation by establishing it a Lawful tender 
in payment for all Contracts of a publick or private nature 
within this state — likewise by redeeming this States Securities 
for Domestick Debts, of every Kind and description : 

And by requiring the possessors of these Securities imme- 
diately after the publication of said Currency to come and re- 
ceive their principal, and all such possessors who shall not ap- 
pear within three Months and receive their pay, shall forfeit 
their Interest, and those who shall not appear in twelve months,, 
and receive their pay to forfeit their principal & Interest, And 
that it may Circulate the better we reccommend it to be made 
without Interest, And in such Bills as may be Easier changed 
for the benefit of Trade : 

And furthermore we would reccommend to your Honours, - 
that every method possible be taken by the Legislative Author- 
ity for preventing its depreciation and Counterfeiting — by suit- 
able punishments — let the punishment of Counterfeiting be 
death without respect of persons and also their accomplices, 
and Exorbitant extortioners, and those who would refuse to 
take it in pay for debts, or contracts of any kind, within this 
State, be punished by forfeiting the debt or article exposed for 
sale — The method by which this Currency shall be redeemed, 
and the time when, we refer to your Honours wisdom or some 
future Assembly to determine, Knowing that Time will Solve 
what we cant foresee, and as we dont think that either debtor or 
Creditor can be in any wise Injured by this our Plan, but on 
the contrary much benefited, we therefore desire to harmonize 
with our fellow Subjects of this State in their similar pro- 
posals. 1 

Hoping this our Remonstrance will meet your Honours kind 
reception, we solace ourselves in the prospect of the future 
happiness which shall accrue from your Honours Compliance 
— wishing that the blessings of Heavens may always Rest upon 
your Honours just Resolutions, your Honours Petitioners 
shall for ever pray. 



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TOWN PAPERS GOSPORT. 313^ 

A Bank of paper currency. 

At a Legal meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the 
Town of GofFes Town held August 21 st 17S6 — It was unanimously 
Voted to have a Bank of paper Currency made and at the adjournment 
of said Meeting held Sept 4 th Current, Voted that this their Remon- 
strances for the same be accepted., and To be. presented by their Deli- 
gate as such. 

Signed in behalf of the Town. 

Alex r Walker, Clerk. 



GOSPORT— otherwise Star Island. 

[This place was incorporated 24th Dec, 1715, under the administra- 
tion of Lieut. -Governor George Vaughan. Ed.] 

Petition to be exempt from paying Province tax. 
To his Excellency Sam !i Shute Esq. Captain Generall, Gov- 
ernor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majesties Prov- 
ince of New Hamp. Sec. 
To the Honourable the Council & Representatives Ccnven'd 
in Gen i! Assembly now Sitting in Portsm in s 4 Province: 
The petition of Richard Yeton one of the Selectmen of 
Starr Island upon the Isles of Shoales in behalfe of the Inhab- 
itants thereof most humbly shevveth — 

That the selectmen of the s li Island have not Expressed any 
contempt to the Authority by their omitting to make an assess- 
ment on the people thereof pursuant to the - (?) or 

warrant & therefore humbly prays that Your Excellency and 
the Honourable Assembly would pass a favourable construc- 
tion thereon & also prays that Your Excellency & this Hon- 
ourable Assembly would be pleased to consider the following 
pleas in favour of their being Excused from the Province 
Tax: 

The people are very few in number & most of them are- 
men of no Substance, live only by their daily fishing and near 
one third of them are single men and threaten to remove and 
leave us, if the tax be laid which will prove our utter ruine if 
our fishermen leave us. 

The charge and expence which they are at in the support of 
the ministry- is as great as the people can bear' at present it 
having cost them but lately the sum of Two Hundred pounds 
for that end in building a Meeting house — which is not yet all 
paid. . . 

The Government have here tofore encouraged them that 






314 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

they should be exempted from paying Province Taxes whilst 
they Exp rest their forwardness in so good a Service. 

Though the Inhabitants have been very much richer and 
more numerous and their Trade greater than at present yet 
they were not then rated, nor the Inhabitants on the Island, in 
the Massachusetts Government. They live on a Rock in the 
Sea and have not any priviledge of right in common Lands, as 
other Inhabitants in the respective Towns have. 

They have defended themselves in the time of Warr Ag n 
the publick enemy at their- own Expence both for forts and 
souldiers whose wages they have paid, and finally all other 
Towns in this Province have been larger and more numerous 
before they were taxed to the province rate. 

I do with a Humble Confidence assure your Excellency and 
the Honourable Assembly that we shall ever express a Loyalty 
to his Majesty and a ready obedience to the command of the 
"Government, but considering our poverty with the foregoing 
pleas in our favour, I do humbly pray that you will please to 
1 excuse us from the present tax, and m hen we shall be better 

capable shall readily bear our proportion of the publick charge 
— & So yo" Petitioners shall ever pray — as in duty bound &c 
& Subscribes 

RlCH d Yeton. 

23 fl April 1731. 



Petition of Selectmen for remission of taxes. 
Province of ) To his Excellency Benning Wentworth 
New Hampshire J Esq r Captain General Governour and 
Commander in Chief in and over the said . 
Province, The Hon 1 ' 10 his Majestys 
Council and House of Representatives in 
General Assembly Conven'd Jan'y 4, 
1760 
Humbly shew, Henry Carter, Richard Talpey and Charles 
Miller all of Gosport within said Province in behalf of them- 
selves and the other inhabitants of said Gosport That the said 
Inhabitants have allways chearfully paid their Province Tax 
with Great Willingness and pleasure, so long as they were of 
ability and untill the four last years when their Circumstances 
in life became so low (being only a few poor fishermen) and 
the necessaries for living being Excessively dearer at the place 
of their aboad one half more than at any other part of the Prov- 
ince with the Great Difficulty of Transporting the same there 
togeatherwith their other great charge, Supporting the Gospel 
Ministry among them the fewness of the Inhabitants & their 



TOWN PAPERS — GOSPORT. 



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poverty and their few within four years last past being Greatly 
Reduced they having had thirtv Two Ratable poles within that 
time left them to serve the King or Removed to other places, 
Six of which had familys and their is but few very few young 
men among them and the neighbouring islands in the Mass- 
Bay altho Very short of our number have on accont of their 
poverty been Exempted from tax for Twenty years last, and 
altho Warrants from the Treasurer have come to the Select- 
men of said Gosport to assess the inhabitants for their part 
year after year vet the selectmen did only the first year assess 
them and on finding that was not paid, the poverty of the In- 
habitants and some Great Incouragement from some of the 
Uori ble General Court That on shewing forth the Difficulties 
Aforesaid the same might be Remited and since they have not 
made»any assessm* for Province Tax and that that was made 
was never colected, and now the same amounts to a Very Con- 
siderable sum and if their very poor and few Remaining In- 
habitants should be Oblidged to pay the same it would Greatly 
tend to their Ruin for the few Remaining young men would 
remove from them -rather than Pay any part to such back taxes 
as were due before some of them were Oblidged by law to 
pay any, and their would be none but a few old helpless per- 
sons left. And We would here beg leave to observe to this 
Hon l,Ie Court that had we 'had a Representative in Court at the 
time the proportion was made Gosport might not have been 
Tax'dbut altho we were always inform'd that We were allow' d 
the Liberty of Sending one member to Represent us in said 
Court vet we never ask'd it Knowing it would be a great Cost 
to the Province, More than any advantage of Tax that could 
possibly be expected from the Inhabitants, for which Reason 
we never made any Enquiry into that matter. 

Wherefore We humbly pray the Consideration of this Hon ble 
Court on the premises — and that you will be pleas'd to pass 
such act or Resolve to take of the said Back taxes and that we 
may be exempt for the time to come, or grant such other Re- 
lief therein as in your Great Wisdoms shall Seem meet unto 
you — and then We from such Incouiagement shall have Great 
Reason to hope that instead of our few becoming fewer we 
shall increase in our numbers and be able to pay Province Taxes 
with Great V, iilingness when we shall have it in our ability — 
And by being heard in this our Request We shall as in Duty 
Bound Ever Pray — 

Henry Carter ") 
Richard Talpey >• Selectmen 
Charles Miller j 



31 6 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

la Council Jan? 4 !h 1760 — 

Read & ordered to be sent Down to the Hon b!e Assembly 
Theodore Atkinson, Secy. 

NewHampi } In the House of Representatives June 5 th 1761. 

This petition being Read— Voted — That the prayer thereof be 
granted & that the sum of five hundred & Twelve pounds Eight shil- 
lings &: one penny New Tenor that appearing to be the sum due from 
Gosport for the province Tax be Remitted, & that the Treasurer be 
hereby Intitled to Charge the said sum to the Province — 
£512 ,, 8 ,, i d New Tenor— 

A. Clarkson, Clerk. 
In Council June the i6 vh 1761, 
Read & Concurr'd . 

Theo r Atkinson Secry 

Consented to B. Wentworth. 



Petition for a Lottery, for protecting the Harbor. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt General, 
Governor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majestys- 
Province of New Hampshire, The Hon !lle his Majestys 
House of Representatives for said Province in General As- 
sembly cenven'd the 25 th day of June 
Anno Domini 1766. 

The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Gosport in the 
Province of New Hampshire and others whose Interest is 
Concern' d Shews 

That the situation of the Road & harbour at Gosport Afore- 
said is well known to be exposed to the Violence of Winds & 
seas in many cases & Events which frequently occur by which 
they often sustain much Loss & Damage which they would 
gladly Prevent it by any means Feasible : 

That it has been Judg'd a Pier or Bason might be so con- 
trived and Built as to be in a Great Measure a security in this 
Case and a means of great saving to your Petitioners & Preser- 
vation of their Property 

That to make such a work Effectual a Larger Sum woud 
be demanded than your Petitioners by any means coud raise 
but as it woud be of very General Utility in its Consequences 
they flatter themselves the scheme for carrying on such a 
Building woud meet with suitable Encouragement from many 
other Persons besides your Petitioners & those who have con- 
nections with them. 

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly Pray that they may 
have leave to set up & carry on a Publick Lottery to raise 
money for the End aforesaid and for that Purpose to bring in a 
bill containing such Limitations &. Restrictions as shall be 






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TOWN PAPERS — GOSPORT. 



317 



tho't necessary but with such extent & Authority as shall be 
Sufficient to effect the Design & your Petitioners in Duty bound 
shall ever Pray &c. 



Jno Tuck 
Henrv Carter 
Richard 'Talpey 
John Varrel 
Wilfiam Michamore 
Wiliiarn Holbrook 
Henrv Shapley 
Richard Talpey, Jr 
Henry Talpey 
Daniel Rindle 
James Hickey 
Samuel Varrel 
Samuel Varrel, Jr 
John Down 
John Down, Jr 
Samuel Downe 
Jeremiah Lord 
Jos. Damrell 
Peter Robinson 
John Walpey, 
Ambrose Perkins 
John Barter 
W :c Sanderson 
George Walpey 
Josiah Sanderson 
Henry Shapleigh,- Jr 
Joseph Muchamore 
Elamuel Muchamore 
Benj a Muchamore 
Sam 1 Muchamore 
Arthur Rendle 
Arthur Rendle, Jr 
George Rendle 
John Rendle 
Edw 1 Bowdey 
Henry W. Andrews 
S. Mathews 
Jn° Newton 
Stephen P" 



Ja s Ward 
Rich* 1 Langford 
W 01 Bickam 
Sam 1 Healy 
John Puriell 
Sam Gurrier 
Samuel Muchmore 
Gregory Puriell 
Sam 1 Cutts . 
Daniel Rindge 
Geo. Boyd 
Nath 1 Adams 
Jonathan Warner 
Thomas Wentworth 
John Sherburne 
D. Sherburne 
Sam 11 Warner 
Titus Salter 
Abraham Trefethen 
Hugh Hall Wentworth 
W tt Knight 
Temple Knight 
Samuel Sherburne 
Geo: Janvrin 
Sam- Dalling 
John Flagg 
Joseph Whipple 
James Stoodly 
Rich. Hart 
John Moffat 
W m Whipple 
Jno Parker 
H. Wentworth 
John Penhallow 
Thos. Bell 
Samuel Moffatt 
D. Pierce 
Paul March 



lerce 

Province of) In Council June 28 th 1766. 

New Hamp / Reed & order'd to be sent down to the Hon ble Assembly. 
T. Atkinson Jun. Secry. 

New°HampsV } In the House of Representatives, July 3 d 1766. 

Voted — That the Petitioners be heard on this petition the second day 
-of the sitting of the general assembly after the first of September 
next and that the Petitioners at their own cost cause the substance of 
this Petition and Order of Court to be Published three weeks success- 
ively in New Hampshire Gazett that any Person may appear and Shew 
-cause whv the Prayer thereof should not be Granted 

M. Weare, Cler. 



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31 S NEW HAMPSHIRE 

In Council Eodern die 
Read & Concurred. 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secry. 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives Aue* 28 th 1767. 
rsew Hamps J r s ' ' 

The foregoing: Petition being Read & Considered appearing Reason- 
able & no objection made. 

Voted — That the prayer of the petitioner be granted and that the 
Petitioners have libertv to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

M. Weare, Cler. 
In council Eod m Die — 

Read & concurr'd — 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secry 



} 
GRANTHAM— formerly called New Grantham. 

[This town was first granted, July 11, 1761 ; but the conditions not 
being fulfilled, it was re-granted in 1767, to William Symmes and 63 
others. Ed.] 

Petition for a new charter. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General, 

Governor & Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's 

Province of New Hampshire & Vice Admiral of the Same 

in Council — 

The petition of John Sargent of Norwich in the Province 
of New York. Yeoman by his Attorney, Israel Morey Esq. 
unto your Excellency & Honours humbly shews : 

That your Petitioner has setteld in said Norwich under 
New Hampshire Grants with a large Family, That being 
disatisfied with his living under the Government of New York 
he hath purchased the Original rights of John Hawks Esq, 
Rufus Wells, Rufus Fields, Simon Alexander, Elisha Alexan- 
der in the Township of New Grantham, with the sole Views 
of making immediate settlements thereon for himself and sons, 
but as he has not been able yet to effect it, and the charter 
being expired he is apprehensive he may meet with Difficulty, 
wherefore he humbly prays he may be quieted in his said 
Rights either by the Extension of said Charter to the former 
Grantees or being made Grantees in a New Charter of said 
Township, as your Excellency & Honours in your Wisdom 
may think best for y r Petitioner and as in Duty bound he will 
ever pray 

John Sargents by I 

Israel Mcrey, his Attorney. 

Portsm June 21 st 1772. 

1 

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TOWN PAPERS GOSPOR.T. 319. 

Petition of Abel Stevens for the same. 

Province of New Hampshire— 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General, 

Governor & Command 1 in Chief in and over his Majestys 

said Province of New Hampshire in New England and Vice 

Admiral of the same, In Council — 

The petition of Abel Stevens in behalf of himself and other 
Grantees and proprietors of the township of New Grantham 
in the Province aforesaid, Humbly Shews 

That the said Township of New Grantham was granted by 
Charter bearing date the 8 th day of June Anno 1767, under 
certain Conditions of Culture &c. &c — The Form of Culture 
being particularly expressed to be performed in 5 years vizt, 
five acres for every fifty contained in each share on penalty of 
the forfeiture of even delinquent share— to be regranted to 
others and the Time aforesaid being now elapsed, and the duty 
above mentioned not being fully done on any one Right or 
share in the said Township — Whereby, according to the strict 
construction of. the condition aforesaid, the whole of said 
Township is forfeited to his Majesty to be regranted as afore- 
said — and the petitioner begs leave further to represent 

That there are some considerable Improvements already- 
made in the said Township, aud that they have been prevented 
from complying with the Terms aforesaid on account of their 
remote situation from any Inhabitants, and the Impossibility,. 
for want of Roads of getting up provisions &c. for their neces- 
sary Support and subsistence, with such utensils as were need- 
ful to make the required Cultivation — The petitioners there- 
fore humbly pray your Excell' :y and Honours would not take 
advantage of the breach of said Condition, but that you would 
be pleased to Extend the Charter of said New Grantham to 
the present Grantees for such longer Time as your Excell'' y and 
honours may think convenient to complete the duty enjoined 
by their said Grant — The prospect not being so discouraging 
as when they received the former Grant, the said Grantees are 
determined to proceed immediately to fulfill the conditions re- 
quired by their said Charter, provided Your Excell :y and hon- 
ours will be pleased to indulge them in their above said Re- 
quest And they as in Duty bound will ever Pray &c. 

Abel Stevens 

In behalf of the 
Grantees &c of 
New Grantham. 

Portsmouth July 4 th 1772. 






32O NEW HAMPSHIRE 

GREENLAND. 

[Greenland was originally apart of Portsmouth. Ed.] 

Petition of the Inhabitants of Gree?ila?id for firivi- 
ledges — 1705. 
To His Excellency Joseph Dudley Esq — Govern 1, and Com- 
ander in Chiefe in and over his Majesties province of New 
Hampshire and Vice Admiral of the same — 
The humble Petition of John Johnson Abraham Lewis and 
Samuell Weeks on behalfe of themselves and the Inhabitants 
of Greenland, belonging to the Town of Portsmouth 
Humbly Sheweth • 

That there are about three hundred & Twenty persons ; men 
women and Children in Greenland who are Oblidged to come 
to the Bank to meeting, and the distance being five and six 
miles and the season of the yeare occasioning bad travelling as 
alsoe the danger of the Enemy makes it very difficult and 
Tedious to sett to the said meeting, or to send their children 
every day to school being not able to Table them abroad ; Soe 
that your poor petitioners are almost deprived of publickly 
hearing the word of God or getting their children Educated 
with Reading and writing And your petitioners have desired 
at a publick Town meeting to have the Liberty of a minister 
and schoolmaster among themselves. They paying their sallary 
and to be Exempted from paying to the minister and school- 
master at the Bank but there is noe care taken about itt by the 
Town who continues Silent in the matter. 

May it therefore please y" Excellency to Consider the 
premise, and to order as you in your prudent Judgment shall 
see* meet relateing to the same whereby yo r petitioners may ob- 
taine the priviledge of a minister and schoolmaster among 
themselves as aforesaid, And they as in duty bound shall ever 
pray &c 

John Johnson 
Abraham Lewis 
Samuel Weeks 

5 th May 1705 
This Petition is referred to the Select men of Portsm to make answer 
:and objections if they have any to myselfe in a months time. 

J. Dudley. 






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Petition of sundry persons to be joined to Greenland parish. 

ij t[[ January 1 7 16. 
To the Honourable George Vaughan Esq, L r Governor of his 

Majesties Province of New Hampshire and the Honourable 

his Majesties Counsel — 

The Humble petition of the Inhabitants That live on the 
Pattin adjacent to Greenland who are on this side of the line 
which was formerly Run between Portsmouth and Exeter be- 
gining att Walls Crick & running to Hampton bounds — 
Humbly Sheweth 

That we the subscribers would humbly pray that we maybe 
joined to Greenland 'Parrish because we there commonly at- 
tend the worship of God, which is abundantly more conven- 
ient for us than any other place of publick worship and have 
diverse of us been helpe full in building an house to worship 
God In there att s' 1 Parrish. 

We Likewise the Inhabitants of Greenland being a poor & 
small Parrish Humbly pray your honors to Grant that all the 
Inhabitants which are within the afore s :i line from Walis crick 
to Hampton bounds May be ade'd to us — We therefore humbly 



crave your Honours Grant of these our request 


& yoor peti- 


tioners as In Duty bound shall pray Sic. 




Ebenezer Johnson 


Assesors >- 


John Cate, 


James Berrey 


Nathaneli Wright 




Richard -White 




Juci. Allen 




Samuell Folsom 




Mikel Hicks 




Joseph Hill 




Walter Philbrick 




John Eveny 




Isaac Foss 




Jonathan Weeks 




Th' J Letherbe. 





Petition of Greenland for a grant of certain powers, 1 720-1. 

Province of } To y a Hon ;,Ie John Wentworth Esq Ltt, Govern'' 

New Hamp r } and Command-in Chief for y e time being, & 

to y- Hon" 1 * y e Councill of his Majesty 14 

Province afores d . 

The petition Jam' Johnson, Sam ! Weeks & Josh Weeks of 

Greenland in behalfe of s' 1 Parrish — Hum" Sheweth — 

That on y c 15 th Instant att a Parrish meeting Law fully con- 
ven'd we your Petition-"" were elect' 1 a co'm-itte to address your 
Hon™ & this Hon u Board in behalfe of our s ,; Parrish for 
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322 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

some further liberty" & Priviled 1 ' to be granted in & amongst 
ourselves for y l y r Petition 1 '" have now only y e liberty of Rais- 
ing money on y Inhabitants there for y e support of y e minis- 
try schoole & poor w tu in y 1 " District: & y' Province Tax being 
Raised by the Selectmen & assessors of Portsm" who living 
Remote canot posibly be apprized of y e perticular Capacity of 
y e several Inhabitants there — Whereby y' J Tax is many times 
very unequal- Wherefore your Petition"* Hum 5 ' Pray, y f - your 
Honours in your Great Wisdom wil see cause to order y l we 
may be dismissed from y e Bank from having any tax laid on 
us there ; & y* we may be freed from y° charge and Trouble of" 
attending y e Publick- Town meetings there & y* a Comittee be 
By your Hon" chosen to Proportion Greenland in y° Province 
Rates & y l y e same may be Rais' in Equal Proportion by our 
own assessors & y l Mr Treasurer be Direc td to issue forth his 
Precept to our Parrish for y l End & y : we may choose a con- 
stabl amongst our selves to collect y ti assessments y' are from 
time to time made & y rt we may be allow 11 y e Privilidge of 
choosing one assembly man in our Parrish to Represent us in 
Gen 11 Assem ly we paying him out of the Parrish stock which 
Grant' y r Petition" shal as in Duty bound ever pray &c. 

Jam s Johnson 
iS, Mar. 1 720-1 Sam 11 Weeks 

Josh. Weeks. 

March 21 st at a Council — 

Psent j* Lt Gov r Wentworth, Sam 1 Penhallow Esq. Rich fI Wibird, 
Coll Walton Esq. Tho* Wastbrook, Esq. George Jaffrey — 

The above Petition Read, and Granted and Ordered that a com'ittee 
upon Oath take an account of y e Rateable Estate of y 3 District of 
Greenland by w ch y"- Proportion of the Prov. Tax, is to be Settled who 
are to make Return to this board, that the Treasurers warrant be made 
out accordingly. 



Petition of Greenland for a To~V)iship. 
To PL's Excellency Samuel Shute Esq" Capt Gen 11 & Com- 

'and r in Cheif & Over His May" Prov. of New Hamp" r and 

to the Hon" the Council of s ,J Province — 

The Humble Petition of Sam 1 Weeks James Johnston & 
Mathias Haines of Greenland Parish in the Town of Portsm" 
in y° Prov. of N. Harnp sr afores' 1 for themselves & in behalf 
of s' 1 Parish, Humbly Sheweth. 

That yo 1 Petitioners are a district of Portsm ' and always 
have been accounted Part of s' 1 Portsmouth, and have paid 
Rates in s l! Town accordingly, and but very Lately have been 
made a Separate Parrish, and the Town of Portsm " afores a 
having obtained a grant of yo" Excellency &Hon" for a Town- 
ship, 



TOWN PAPERS GREENLAND. 323 

Yo r Petitioners Humbly pray that yo r Excellency & Hon" 
would be pleased to Ord r that yo r Petitioners, as they all along 
have paid their part of the charges & help to support the 
warrs against the enemy as inhabitants of Portsm" afore 3d 
That they may now Reap the benefit of the aforesaid Grant 
of Land "in proportion w tn their neighbours — the other inhab- 
itants of s' ! Portsmouth or that yo r Petitioners may have an 
Equivalent of Land adjoyning to the afores' 1 Grant, Granted 
unto us. 
And yo r Petitioners as in Duty bound will ever Pray : 

Sam 11 Weeks, 
James Johnston, 
Matthias Haines. 
Portsnr May io :I ' 1722. 



Portsmouth votes relating to Greenland. 
Att a Gen' 1 Town meeting held in Portsm y e 4 th June, 1705 : 
Where as y- Town of Portsm paves £100 p Annum for y e support 
of their minister in s' : Town — Att the Request of y 6 inhabitants of 
Greenland part of s 1 Town considering y tt Distance of Ground y* num- 
ber of persons i: y- Danger of passing to Public worship. 

Voted. That y inhabitants of Greenland be paid out of the Town 
stock their proportion of s r £100 During y e Maintenance of an able 
Minister amongst them and no longer & y e s 1 Proportion be yearly, 
Proportion 1 by the selectmen for time being y e Bounds of Greenland 
to be on j* south side of coll Packers farme. 

Pr Sam 15 Keais, Town clerk. 
True Coppy out of y* third Book of Records for Portsm" : foil. 12 :. 

p Josh. Peirce, 

Town cler. 
15 Mar. 1719-20 



, Att a Gen !: Town meeting in Portsm y e 8 T!l Aprill, 1706, 
' * Voted. That y c Inhabitants of Greenland in this Town being 
freed from paying y proportion of Rates for y- Ministrye fix'd att 
Straberry Bank in consideration of their maintaining a minister 
amongst themselves y s' 1 Inhabitants of Greenland having procured 
y< they may have 150 acres of land out of y comons lying & being att 
Greenland : Bounded to y" Sow west End of y Great Swamp & y s d 
150 acres to be taken out or Deduct 1 from w 1 may fall to y share of s d 
inhabitants of Greenland of s' 1 comons whenever there shall be a Di- 
vision of ail y" Towns comons y e s' 1 150 acres to be laid out by y e Lott 
layers where it may be most convenient for y 8 ministry & school for y 
use of that part of y Town. 

Sam 11 Keais, Town Cler. 
True coppy from y 3 d Book of Record for Portsm foil : 13 th ;, 

Josh : Peirce, Town Cler_ 
15 th Mar. 1719-20. 



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And That the Parish of Greenland be bounded upon the Great Bay 
by the farm of y widow Jackson, Joshua Peiree, & Israel March : & so 
to Packers bridge, and thence to Joshua Hainses, M' Gates «Sj Edw 1 
Ayras's farm and from thence southwesterly to Hampton bounds : and 
that these Present Inhabitants with the lands and estates they live 
upon & whosoever shall live upon them hereafter or build & Inhabit 
within the limitts aforesaid, shall pay their Parish Taxes to Greenland. 

The Above is an Extract out of y e Council book pass'd by the Gen !! 
Assembly v e 2S' 1 ' of July, 1714. 
Attest. 

Rich rt Waldron, Cler. con. 



Petition of inhabitants of Breakfast Hill (1). 
To the hon Me John Wentworth Esq. Liut Govern 7 " & Com- 
ander in Chief in and over his Maj' Us Province of New 
hampshire to y e hon bu the Council & house of representa- 
tives Conven'd in Gen 11 Assembly. 

The humble Request of us the Subscribers inhabitants about 
Breakfast hill & owners of Land neare Greenland meeting 
house, humbly Desires, That whereas we are soe neare said 
meeting house & have paid our part towards the maintenance 
of y° Ministry there Ev r since it hath been built, Y* for the 
future wee may be by act of Government set. of towards pay- - 
ment of the ministry to y l place It being most convenient for 
us by many miles — & your Petitioners shall ever pray &c. 
May 25" 1725. 

his mark . § 

Thomas O bery James Whidden | 

Jo" his O mark, bleak James Johnson 

Isaac his $ mark, foos R. Wibird 

James fooler desires to pay to John Wheden 
Greenland & Sa>uh-bech be a 
parish of themselves. 

(1) So called from the circumstance that a party of Indians in 16S6, after an early 
attack on inhabitants of Portsmouth; aiuirthe daughter of fourteen persons, hastily 
retreated, aim stopped on the declivity of a hill, (now in Greenland) and took break- 
fast; ever since it has retained the name of Breakfast Hill. See vol. ii, Prov. Pap. 
p. 18;), note. Ed. 



Petition for extension of boundary lines. 

Province of ) To the hon b!e John Wentworth Esq. Liut 

New Hamp r j Govoiv & Comander in Chief in and over his 

Maj ue3 Province of New Hampshire and to 

the hon bK ' the Councill & house of Represent- 



rovince. 



The humble Petition of Ca.pt Samuell Weeks. Capt Joshua 
W r eeks & Mr Tohn Gate- 



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• ■..,-.:■ * r t.Vf f .:v.nvfir, 



TOWN PAPERS— GREENLAND. 



3 2 5 



in the behaire of the Foore parrish of Greenland as they are 
Impowered by said parrish to represent the same with the select 
men of Greenland. 

humbly Sheweth. 

That whereas by a vote formerly of the Town of Ports- 
mouth (of which the said Greenland is a part) It was voted 
that Greenland Bounds should be on the South side of Pack- 
ers farm (which supose is now Doctor Marches) and Whereas 
by a Vote of the Gen 11 Assembly 28 th July 1714, Its said that 
Greenland bounds to Packers Bridge and thence to Joshua 
Haineses M r Gates &• Edw d Ayerses farm, The Same is verry 
Ambiguous Whether these are included or Excluded and alsoe 
Mr Edward Avers at that time had two farms Southwest of 
s d Packers or Marches farm — & it is not mention* d which — 
And \Vhereas Gap 1 Langdon & the comittee that made the last 
return : run the line from said Marches farm to Edward Ayres- 
Southwesterly farm, Exclusive of said Farm ; which line 
comes to Northward of Berry" Brook in the Rhoad to Sandy 
Beech, which is. not above a mile from Greenland Meeting 
house, and Excludes fifteen families that live about Breakfast 
hill from y* s d Parrish of Greenland that used to pay there 
towards maintenance of the ministry & lyes most convenient 
for them to come there, The loss of so many families is verry 
Great & Grievious to your verry poore petitioners : 

Therefore your humble Petitioners Humbly prayes (That 
considering your said parrish of Greenland consists chiefly in 
verry poore Inhabitants) and Containes a verry small Quan- 
tity of Ground ; Great Part of said Parrish being not three 
Quarters of a mile Deep & In the Deepest or Widest place 
verry little above a mile — That they containe a small Compass 
of Grond & no probability of Increasing themselves — humbly 
prayes your consideration & order that theire line betwixt them 
and Portsmouth may Extend Due south from Marches farm to 
y e farm M" Edward Ayers Bought of the Adm 1 ' of Richard 
Jose Esq Deceas'd and thence South East to New Castle line 
which line will take in the fifteen families afore s d and suppose 
the line formerly Intended — But if it should seem meet to your 
hpp™ to take these fifteene families from said Parrish it would 
occasion theire Breaking up not being able of themselves that 
remaine to support the charges of the Ministry with the other 
contingents on them." 

All the Comittees that Ever made any returne relating to a 
Divissionale line being all of Portsmouth they made it as much 
in theire favor as possible by all Strain'd construction — There- 
fore if your hon" se not meet to Grant us the line Desier'd, 
That then y" hon T< will appoint a Comittee of som other Towns 
(wholly Indifferent) to make and settle a line as they shall see 



326 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

convenient, accordiii to Portsmouth Town Voate, in 1705 and 
in Greater Certainty than hath as yet been Don. And your 
Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c . . . 
May 19 th 1725. 

John Gate 
Joshua Weeks 
Ebknezer Johnson 
Matiiias Haines 
Sam 11 Weeks 
May y' 26 th 1725. j 

In the House of Representatives 
read, and ordered that the Select men of Portstn be serv'd with a 
copy of the petition and they to notiiie the town of Portsmouth, To 
Appeare the second day of the setting of the next Gen" Assembly to 
show cause (if any they can) why the Prayer of the Petition may not 
be granted. 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass™ 
In coun 1 Eod 00 die. 
Read and concurred 

Rich 1 Waldron 



Petition relating to tax warrant. 
Province of ) To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. 
New Hamp r j Captain General Governor and Commander 
in Chief in & over his Majesty s Province of 

New Hampshire, The Hon ble his Majesties Councill and 

House of Representatives in General Assembly Convened 

— Jan. 12 th 1763. 

Humbly Shews — James Bracket & Simon Dearborn both of 
Greenland in said Province yeomen and two of the selectmen 
of said Greenland for the year 1762 the Maj. part for them- 
selves & in behalf of the Inhabitants of said Greenland that 
the selectmen of said Greenland for said year Raised a Tax 
on the said inhabitants and gave a list thereof to Joseph Pick- 
erin Constable of said Greenland for said year with a warrant, 
and the hands of the Majour part of the said selectmen, in 
consequence thereof the said constable hath made distress on 
sundry of the said Inhabitants of said Greenland who refused 
to pay their Respective Taxes and for which sundry actions 
are brot against him to the Inferior court to be held in March 
next, and on examining the warrant aforesaid, it appears that 
the Selectmen have neglected to seal the same, which is 
thought necessary by Law, and if so will greatly hurt said In- 
habitants, for altho most of them may not dispute it, yet there 
are many that do & so pay no Tax this year, Besides bringing 
a great charge on the said Inhabitants for the suits allready 
commenced & others that may be, wherefore the Petitioners as 



TOWN PAPERS GREENLAND. 327 

aforesaid Humbly pray the advisement of this Hon h!e Court 

•on the Premises — and that you will be pleased to pass such 

Order thereon as to make the said Warrant good & Valid 

The want of seals notwithstanding or grant such other Relief 

thereon as to you shall seem meet. And your petitioners as 

aforesaid shall as in duty bound ever pray. 

T x > ~) Selectmen 

James Brackett / r 

Simeon Dearbon t ^ , , 
) Greenland 

Province of \ In the house of Representatives Jan? 19, 1763. This 

New Harnps r j petition being- Read 

Voted That they be heard thereon on fryday next, & that they 

Cause the sundry persons who prosecuted the constable for Illegally 

making Distraint to be notified thereof that they may be present if 

•they see cause. 

A. Clarkson clerk. 

In council Eod' n Die. 

Read & concurr'd. 

T. Atkinson Jr Secry. 

Province of \ r ^ House of Representatives Jan? 21, 1763 
New Hamps ) i J * * ° 

The party being heard on the within Petition — Voted & Resolved 
that the Warrant Referr'd unto" in the within Petition is a good & 
Lawful! Warrant, the want of seals. notwithstanding, and also resolved 
that all the warrants given by any selectmen or assessors singly or con- 
junctly within this Province for the Collecting of any Rates or Taxes 
for the. year 1762 shall be' Looked upon and accounted legal and Valid 
the want of seal or Seals notwithstanding 

H. Sherburne Speaker. 
In Council Jan? 22 d 1763 

Read & concurr'd with this addition (viz), That if the Plaintiffs men- 
tioned in the within Petition, shall withdraw their suits & not prose- 
cute them, that in that case no complaint be Receiv'd for cost in such 
actions from the constable or other Defendant in any of the actions 
^.foresaid 

T. Atkinson, Jun r Secry. 

Province of ") T ,, , P „ ,. T .. .. , 

New Hampr \ In the house ot Representatives Jan> 25 th 1763. 

Read and Concurrd. 

H. Sherburne Speaker 
Consented to B. Wentworth. 



Petition for representation in the General Assembly. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Capt. Gen l[ and 
Commander in cheif in and over his Maj tied Province of 
New Hampshire, the hon Me the councill & house of Repre- 
sentatives conven'd in Gen i: Assembly. 

The humble Petition of Capt Joshua Weeks Ebenez 1 " John- 
son & Matthias Haines, Select men for the parrish of Green- 
land in s' 1 Province In behaife of the said Parrish, most hum- 
bly Sheweth — 



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J. Belcher. 



328 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

That the Parrish of Greenland for severall years past since 
they have been set of from Portsmouth have not had the Ben- 
neflt of having a voat in makeing choice of any person to sit. 
in the Gen u Assembly, and therefore are humbly of opinion I 

that they are much Grieved in not having any person to Rep- 
resent them in Gen 11 Assembly nor any Vote in the choice of 
an}' other : 

Therefor y r humble Petitioners most humbly prays For 
themselves and in Behalfe of said parrish of Greenland That 
your excellencie & hpn lb &c will as in y r wisdom you shall see 
meet to make such order act or Law so that your Petitioners 
may have the liberty of other Towns or precincts to have the 
choice of some one of their Freeholders to Represent them in 
the Gen' 1 Assembly & your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall 
ever pray 

Joshua Weeks 
Rbenezer Johnson 
Matthias Haines 

May the io ,h 1732. 

In the house of Representatives. 

Voted, that the prayer of the Petition be answered and that his Ex^ 
cellencie be desired to Issue out a precept for an assembly man to ap- 
peare at the next sessions in the fall — 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass^ 1 

May the I2 :h 1732. 
In council May 13, 1732 

Read & Concurred 

R Waldron, Sec'y 

I assent to the foregoing vote, May 15, 1732.' 



GROTON — formerly Cockermouth. 

I 
[Groton was incorporated 7th Dec, 1796. It was granted by the name 
of Cockermouth, Nov. 22, 1766. Ed.] 

Petition of John Hale and Samuel Hobart for a re-grants 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General. 

Governor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majestys 

Province of Xew Hampshire. I 

In Council December 4 th 1771 . 

The memorial of John Hale & Samuel Hobart, for them- 
selves & a number of Others his Majestys subjects, Purchasers- 
from the Grantees of a Tract of Land in the Province afore- 
said of the Contents' of about six miles square, which was- 



TOWN PAPERS GROTON. 329 

granted 22 [ Novemb r 1766, by the name of Cockermouth on 
Certain Conditions therein specified, and the said Grantees 
have not been able to comply therewith, for sundry Reasons — 
The great Difficulty the first settlers have undergone, for want 
of Roads through other Towns adjacent & the discourage- 
ment they have met with, by a long & expensive Law suit 
with the Proprietors of Plymouth &c and the time of settle- 
ment being now elapsed whereby part of the said Town be- 
comes Forfeited & reverts to his Majesty 

Your memorial" humbly Pray that they may be favoured 
with a Regrant of said Tract of Land & further time to settle 
the same in such manner as your Excellency & Honours shall 
see fit, & to Exclude such delinquent Proprietors of the Former 
Charter as have not done their proper share of Duty, and upon 
the usual conditions and your Memorial"' 1 * as in Duty Bound 
shall ever pray. 

John Hale 
Sam 1 Hobart 



Memorial of James Goold and others about a Petition of 
Samuel Liver more. 

Province of j To -his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Cap- 
New Hauip 8 j tain General Governor & commander in chief 
in and over his Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire and the Honourable his Majestys 
Council, most humblv sheweth — 
That your petitioners are Inhabitants in the Easterly part of 
Cockermouth that most of us have lived there a considerable 
number of years, with our families — thatwe have been at great 
cost & Expence in clearing and cultivating the land, building 
houses making Roads, Bridges &c all which we chearfully per- 
formed, and sundry of us have made such Improvements that 
by the produce thereof with a common blessing we are able to 
Git a comfortable support — That when we first Began our set- 
tlement we proceeded in a Regular manner having in the first 
place (most of us with the other proprietors) Purchased a 
Charter of his Excellency the late Governor of the Township 
of Cocker mouth, which Town ship sundrey years before that 
time had been survey' 1 and Lay 1 out as by a plan by which we 
purchased said Town will appear and many of which Bounds 
According to said plan are plainly to be seen to this day, which 
bounds are Agreeable to the Late plan or map of the Province 
made by Docter Langdon and Major Blanchard, which are 
plainly to be seen to this day, & that we are all settled fairly & 
clearly within the old lines <k Boundaries of said Cocker 



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mouth where we Expected to enjoy the Benefit of our Labour 
peaceably and Quietly, and with an Encorragement and ex- 
pectation of having the Gospel settled amongst us & as Good 
and Loyal subjects to our King having as far as in our power 
complyed with his Royal Instructions with Respect to the set- 
tlements that we have made where we now dwell — And 
Whereas Samuel Livermore Esq has Petitioned your Excel- 
lency & Honours praying that the Westerly line of Plymouth 
may be Extended westerly to "a place called Fletchers cornor 
which is a mile or more farther west than the antient & proper 
Line of Plymouth and which would be Takeing off a mile of 
Cocker mouth and is the Land where we all Live : If the 
prayer of said Petition should be Granted and by which means 
we and our Houses and all our Improvements would be taken 
off from Cockermouth, and by that Means we should loose all 
that we* have in the world & we & our familys be Reduced to 
poverty. We Humbly Conceive that Granting the prayer of 
Mr Livermores Petition is only to Serve the Particular Inter- 
est of a few Individuals who are Interest 1 in the Common Land 
in Plymouth, Who cannot by any Means have any Just Right 
to our Land foi they have already much more land than is 
Given them by their Charter without this addition, and Ply- 
mouth as a Town Do not appear to be Benefitted by the addi- 
tion, and are not Desirous of any such Thing, and Whereas 
M r John Fenton appears to joyn with Mr Livermore in said 
Petition, by Consenting that it should be Granted setting forth 
that he is a patintee of Three Thousand acres in the Land Pe- 
titioned for Sec. We humbly Conceive that they have been lay- 
ing their schemes to gether in order to injure and hurt us and 
to Take away from us our Substance, which we humbly con- 
ceive we are Justly Intitled to by virtue of our fulfilling his 
Majestys Instructions. j 

No Doubt but Mr Fenton has a just Right to Three Thou- 
sand acres of his Majestys un Cultivated ungranted Land, but 
not any Right to our Houses and Improvements, any more than 
he has to our persons to be slaves to him — Wherefore we most 
humbly pray your Excellency & Honours attention & Consid- 
eration on this matter which is of Great Importance to us and 
that you would be pleased to Interfere and protect us in the 
peaceable and Quiet Enjoyment of our Infant settlement in the 
Wilderness and that you would not Grant the prayer of that 
Petition, nor put it Into the Power of Mr Livermore or Mr 
Fenton or any other person to Molest or Destress us and we as I 

in Duty bound shall ever pray f 

James Goold, Ebenezer Melven Jr 

Simeon Lovejoy Jacob Lorejoy 

Nathaniel BalT Jonas Hobart" 

Ebenezer Melven Thomas Neven Jr 

Thomas Nevens Samuel Fariev 

£No date.] 



I TOWN PAPERS HAMPSTEAD. 33 1 

( 

HAMPSTEAD. 

[This town was incorporated 19 of January, 1749. Ed.] 

Petition for a Parish, 
To his Excellency Benning Went worth Esq. Governor and 
Commander in Cheif In and Over his Majesties Province 
of New Hampshire in New England, And to the Honour- 
able His Majesties Council and house of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled. Jan i. 1743-4 
The Humble petition of the subscribers Inhabitants in the 
Province aforesd, Sheweth. 

That the greater part of your Petitioners are Inhabitants of 
the Land in Controversie between Kingstown and Haverhill — 
That one part of us hold our Land of Haverhill and the other 
of Kingstown. That However the Right of the soil may 
be disputed, we are without Dispute of New Hampshire Gov- 
ernment. That your Petitioners are at such a Distance from 
every Parish Meeting House as Renders our attending publicly 
Worship upon the Sabbath in any of our Neighbouring Con- 
gregations Exceeding Difficult, and to many of us quite Im- 
practicable. That we are therefore obliged to procure some 
person to preach to us or else to live without the Benefit of that 
Ordinance. May it therefore please your Excellency and Hon- 
ours to take our case under your Wise consideration, and either 
Vest us with Parish Powers with the following bounds viz. 
Begining at a Crocked red oak tree standing in London Derry 
line from thence riming Eastwardly three miles on Bryants 
line Thence Northwardly to a bridge called Capt Ingalls 
Bridge thence westerly so as to comprehend the Dwelling 
house of one Jacob Wells from thence to the Corner Beach 
tree on Chester line and from thence upon London Derr}* line 
to the bounds first mentioned. Or If this may not at present 
be granted at least to pass an Act to Impower us for a time to 
assess and Levie Taxes upon the inhabitants within the bounds 
above sd for the support of the Gospel and other Incident 
Charges and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever 
pray. 

Subscribers. 

John Hoog Samuel Worthen, Jr 

William >loulton George Little, Jr 

William Stevens Samuel Watts 

Peter Easman JSeniamin Philbrick. 

Michell Johnson Jonathan Kimball 

Hugh Tallant Ezekiel Little 

John Atwocd Jeremiah Eatton 

Israel Huse Sam" Stevens, Jr 

Nathaniel Harriman John Johnson 



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William Eastman 
David Copps 
John Muzzy 
Joseph Stevens, Jr 
Daniel Roberds 
Daniel Roberds, Jr 
Ebenezer Gill 
Nathaniel Heath 
Joseph Stevens 
Daniel Johnson 
Thomas Croford 
James Mills 
Zecheriah Johnson 
William Hancock 
James Heath 
Steven Emerson 
Beniamin Emerson 
Caleb Heath 



David Heath 
William Heath 
Robert Ford 
John Kezar 
George Kezar 
Otho Stevens 
James Johnson 
Obediah Davis 
Josiah Davis 
Joseph Little 
Moses Tucker 
John Bond 
Jonathan Bond 
Daniel Hebberd 
James Graves 
James Cook 
Jonathan Giie 
Samuel Stevens 



In the House of Representatives Apr iS th 1744. The within Petition 
Read and Voted that the Petitioners (at their own charge) serve the 
Selectman of Kingston with a Coppy of this Petition and the Votes 
thereon that they may appeare the third day of the sitting of the Gen- 
eral Assembly after the first day of May next. 

James Jeffrey Cler. Assm 



Vote of Kingston, setting off certain persons for a new 

Parish, dec. 
Prov. of New Hamp. 

At a Legall meeting of the Inhabitants & freeholders of Kingstown 
held the 24 th of September, 1746, 

I st Lev' John Swett was chosen moderator of that meeting. 
2 d Voted. That we do hereby as far as in us lieth sett off 
Moses Tucker John Straw 

Israel Huse Jonathan Colby 

James Huse Daniel Hibbard 

James Graves . Daniel Kidd 

John Bond Jacob Gurdy 

Jacob Wells David Straw 

Meshach Gurdy Reuben Clough 

John Straw Jr Israel Huse, Jr 

William Straw John Pressey 

Philip Wells Benjamin Tucker 

Jacob Tucker John Hogg & 

Joseph Dow Orlando Colby 

of Kingstown above 'sd with a certain Tract of Land in s' 1 town 
for a Distinct Parish or Precinct Bounded as followeth viz : be- 
gining at the Beach tree which is the Dividing Boundary between 
London Derry and Chester s a Tree standing on v west line of 
s d Kingstown and Running Southerly on S' 1 Kingstown said Line as 
heretofore settled between s l London "Derry & s 1 Kingstown to the Isl- 
ands Pond fso called) then Running East and B South three miles. 
Then NortherlvTii! a North & B West Cour-ewill strike s il Kingstown 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPSTEAP. 333 

line where it crosses the mill Brook (so called) as heretofore settled 
between s ' Kingstown & s 1 Chester & from thence viz where s'- 1 Line 
Crosses s ! mill Brook to run Southerly on s 1 line to the Beach tree 
first mentioned. 
This is a true copy taken out of Kingstown Book of Records. 
Attest 

Jed. Philbrick, Town Clerk. 



been Excused from paying any thing towards the support ot 
the Rev '- Mr James Gushing. 

That the Rev' 1 Mr Cushings Hearers (Exclusive of said 
Timberlane) live about two thirds of them on the North Side 
of the Boundary Line and in this Province and the other third 
on y c other side on which side lyes also the greatest part of his 
Personage or Glebe Lands 

That at a meeting of the District in November last Pursu- 
ant to the seleetmens warrant It was agreed & Voted that the 
inhabitants living on this side of y° line (meaning those who 
lived out of Timberlane limits) should pay the Rev' Mr Cush- 
ing Two Hundred pounds for his support this year. Old Tenor 
on consideration of the Depreciating of the money &c which 
would have been a small matter more than what they paid last 
year. 

That some time afterwards at a Legall meeting of the afore 
s" Districts. The inhabitants of Timberlane were by vote set 
off from Mr Cushings Parish and near the same lines which a 
committee Sent By your Excellency Sc the Hon' 10 Council 
thought proper to be done as appears by their Report. 

That notwithstanding the meaning & intent of the afore s d 
Vote respecting M r Cushings Support by which the Inhabi- 
tants of Timber lane ought to have been excused from paying 
any thing thereto & after they were set off from Mr Cushings 



Petition of Richard Hqzzen. dec* about support of Rev. 

james Cushi?ig. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governour & 
Commander in Cheif in and over. his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire in New England & to the Hon ,jU ' his Maj- 
esties Councill & House of Representatives in Generall 
Court assembled at Portsmouth for s d Province, May 174S. 
Humbly Shews. 

Richard Hazzen for himself and in behalfe of the Inhab- 
itants of that Part of Haverhill district commonly called Tim- 
berlane, 

That the Inhabitants of said Timberlane have for the great- 
est part of fifteen years past at a verry great cost and charge 
hired a minister to preach amongst them and at the same time 



334 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Parish as much as the District had a power to do, The assess- 
ors have rated us to Mr dishing and thereby made their own 
Taxes much less than last year, & taken away our money 
from us which we should have had to pay our own minister 

That we have been thereby necessitated to make a Rate 
amongst Our selves to pay our minister but as we had no le- 
gal! power to do it some refuse to pay, so that we are now in 
a verry deplorable Condition unless your Excellency & Hon- 
ours will Interpose on our behalfe. 

We therefore Humbly & Earnestly request your Excellency 
& Honours to compassionate our circumstances & give Such 
Orders that we may be excused from paying to y e Rev (1 Mr 
James Gushing & at the same time that he may not be cheated 
and defraudedof his honest due, & that we may be Impowered 
to raise a Tax amongst our Selves to pay our own minister or 
that you will afford us Such other Relief as to your Excel- 
lency &; Honours shall think best for us. 

And for your Excellency & Honours your Humble peti- 
tioners as in duty bound shall ever pray &c 

Richard Hazzen 

for himself & in behalf of v e Inhabitants of Timberlane,. 

May I2 t!i 1748. 



Petition of Edzvard Flint and others to be a?znexed to 
Ha nip stead. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governour & 
Commander in Chief in Sc over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire in New England & to the Hon 1 ' the Coun- 
cil of said Province, g 
Humbly Shews, 

The petition of Edward Flynt, Samuel Stevens & others the 
Subscribers that your petitioners Liveing in that part of Ha- 
verhill District commonly called Timberlane have always- 
together with the other Inhabitants chearfully paid their Taxes 
& when a petition was preferr' by the said Inhabitants to your 
Excellency & Honours to be incorporated into a Township, 
your petitioners signed y e said petition & hoped that when the 
Township was incorporated that not only your petitioners 
Houses but their estates also would have been taken within 
y e charter being much more for the Interests of your petition- 
ers than to be put any where Else. 

But so it is may it please your Excellency & Honours that 
by the Charter of Hampstead lately Granted, your petitioners 
Estates are so Divided that near one half lye within the Town 
of Hampstead & the other half is left out notwithstanding- 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 335 

their Lands have for many years past been fenc 1 in and im- 
proved & being so Divided & Split by the said Lines it is to 
the verry great damage of your petitioners 

We therefore earnestly request your Excellency & Honours 
to annex our whole lands to Hampstead according to our first 
petition. 

And for your Excellency & Honours your Humble petition- 
ers as in duty bound shall ever pray &c. 

Edw j Flint 
Sam ! Stevens 
Nehemiah Stevens 
David Stevens 
SAM a Stevens 
W m Stevens 
Joseph Stevens 
Hampstead, 

February 14 th 1749. 



HAMPTON and HAMPTON FALLS. 

[Hampton belonged originally to Massachusetts, and was settled by 
people from that Colony, in 163S. In 1680. it was separated from Mas- 
sachusetts and joined to New Hampshire. Hampton Falls was incor- 
porated as a Parish in 1712. Ed.] 

Petition of Selectmen about taxes. 
To the Honorable y e Lieut Governer and Counsell &c : with 
the Assembly now sitting att New Castle 
The humble petition of us y e Select men of Hampton 
Sheweth 

That y r petitioners by warrant from y' Treasurer to make an 
assessment of 230 lba and y T through a mistake in making y e 
Rate have made it 04 lb short of s d Sums and y e time being now 
out according to s d Warrant and yo r petitioners not having 
power to Asses y e Remainder Humbly pray yo r Honors to im- 
power v Treasurer to Grant a warrant to us y J sd select men 
& Commission and yo r petition'" will forthwith Make y" Rate 
for y- Remainder, & yo petitioners will by y e blessing of God 
never be wanting to pray for your Hon r> 

John Moulton Thos Philbrick 

Abra. Green Philemon Dalton 

Jn° Deerbarne Jn° Tucke 

Peter We are Selectmen of Hampton 

May y c 20 ?t! 1695. 
Voated, That y* Selectmen are Impowered to make assessment on 



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their Inhabitants according to there petition for adjusting that Rate past 
by y e Assemble 

John Pickerin, Clark 

Past by the Councils 

W 31 Bed ford Dept Secry 



Petition of Abraham Drake and others about a tract of 

land in Kingstozvn. 

To his Excellency Joseph Dudley Esq. Gapt. Generall and 

Governour in Cheif in & over Her Majesty's province of 

the Massatusetts Bay & New Hampshi 1- &c 

The petition of y- selectmen of y e Town of Hampton in 
New Hampshire in behalf of y e freeholders & Comissioners of 
y e s' 1 town Humbly Sheweth 

That your petitioners this last sumer had Judgment given in 
favour of Mr Peter Wear at two Courts the Charge where of 
cost them more than 50 pounds, for not laying out a Tract of 
land at a place formerly called New-plantation since called 
Kingstown which s : Grant was to Johti Marston who sold nil 
his Rights in Hampton unto one Deacon Page more than 40 
years since which s' Page hath ever since enjoyed his Rights 
*& devisions of lands in Hampton above s 1 until! this last sumer 
y e said Peter Weare produced a pretended deed of conveyance 
from y c s' 1 John Marston Writen Sc Signed at Andover & y e 
same day acknowledged by his Father Nathaniell Wear Esq. 
in New Hampshire by s ! John Marston, which Deed is much 
to be suspected for a fraud ilent Deed, for y l if y e said John 
Marston were living at y* time of y e Date of s l Deed which is 
much questioned, yett certainly he was dead before any such 
instruments appeared, and it is farther evident by testimonies 
of y e Reaverent Mr Barnard minister of y* town togeather with 
other principle men of Andover, y v y c s " John Marston by 
Reason of age had not been able for some years before his death 
to go to y e publick worship not of a disposeing mind & mem- 
ory much less able to traviil in so short a time to acknowledge 
a deed in New Hampshire when there were so many justices 
in his way,thether, besides severall other testimoneys who are 
of y e s ' John Marstons neer Relation who heard him say y* 
Mr Wear had been at him to sell him a piece of land at New 
plantation, but he would not do it. W'ee therefore lay this our 
humble petition before your Excellency, together with y e J 

Above mentioned Evidences and pray y r as y e said Nathaniell 
Weare Esq is in publicke place of trust, and whose signing an 
; acknowledgment is of more valine than two creadable Witnes 
& without which no Deed by Law can be executed nor Re- 



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j 

-corded, we pray y l y e said Esq. Weare may answer possitively 
whether he ever saw y c said John Marston of Andover in this 
province of New Hampshire since y e Date of y c said Deed 
made to his son Peter Wear by s ! Marston, that so y e truth 
may appear, it being y° truth of all Testimony or Record y' 
makes them vallued, and y e said Esq. Wear hath been sum- 
moned to y e Court & paid his charge, yet will Say nothing but 
puts to prove possetively y i Marston did not grant to his son 
Feter or y : he was not in y e province of New Hampshire to ac- 
knowledge it &c. The proceeding to y e finding out y e truth 
wee have no cause to dought but your Excellency will Justly 
do & your petitioners shall ever pray as in duty bound 

Abraham Drake ^ 

John Moulton I c 1 ^ 

•L T > belectmen 

Peter Johnson j 

Samuel Dow J 

Dated 15 th of November 1708. 

Certificate of j\ r athaniel Weare. 

16 November 1708. 

Nath ! Weare Esq. being Exam d before his Excellency the Governor 
and Council Whether he took the acknowledgment of one John Mars- 
ton, formerly of Andover dec 1 to a Deed of Conveyance from the said 
Marston to Peter Weare dated the thirteenth day of May one thousand 
seven hundred and seven and now produced in court, and where the 
said Marston was when he acknowledged the said Deed and at What 
time. 

Mr Weare Answered that he being at Andover the 13 th day of May 
1707 he went to the House of the said John Marston about noon and 
-exhibited the above said Deed to the said John Marston since dec d he 
being then in his Right senses and the said Marston did then & there 
of his own free & voluntary Will acknowledge the same to be his act 
.and Deed. 

Exam- before pnblick Councill the 16 th Nov r 1708. 

Chas. Story, Secretary. 



Certificate of fabez Smith. 

Ham'" 1 May 17 th 1721. 
Mr Greenough Sir. We Received y" Order of Assembly & in Obedi- 
ence to s d Order We Gave Notis to y- Freeholders In said town to meet 
this Day att three of y i Clock After Noon & accordingly thay did meet 
& the Order of Assembly was red to them & y e Constable Desired them 
to Bring in there Vots, but thay Brought none in. 
Sir I am yours to Sarve, 

Jabez Smith in behalf of y" Select men. 

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Petition for leave to make a separate tax. 
To His Honour John Wintworth Esq. U Governour and- 

Comander in Chief in & over his majesties Province of New 

Hampshire and the Honorable the Members of the Councill 

& Representatives Now sitting in General! Assembly. 

The humble address & Petition of his Majesties Loyall and 
Deutifull Subjects Inhabitence of the falls or South Parish in 
hampton most humbly sheweth 

That as there was formerly an act past that the Whole Town 
of Hampton should Raise thair Province & Ministars Rates 
to gether, wee of the. fails parish finding many disadvantages' 
in not having power to raise those Rates singly by our selves- 
and in particular wee want to make an alteration & addition to 
our Ministers Sallery which wee cannot well doo by reason of 
our being obliged to Raise our Rates in Generall to q-ether in 
the whole town we have no Power to Raise for any addition 
by our selves. 

Wee therefore Pray that wee may be freed from that act and 
may have power given us in our Parish to raise our province 
and ministry Rates by our selves, that whatsoever wee have or 
shall agree with our minister for — wee may have power to per- 
form and doo therein as the Law gives power to a town, as in 
all other Rates wee are single by our selves wee may be so in 
the province and ministers Rates likewise. 

As in your wisdom you shall think fit and your petitioners 
as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

In behalf and by order of the Inhabitants of s d Parish. 

Nath 1 Weare ^ 
Ichabod Robie > Selectmen. 
Nath 1 Healeyj 

In Council Apr 11 th 1726 

Voted, upon reading- y- above Petition That y ,; selectmen of y 8 first 
Parish of Hampton be served forthw t: » with a copy of s 1 Petition by the 
Petitioners & be notifyed that the hearing upon s 1 Petition is appointed 
to be on Thursday next at 10 ocloek A. M. that they may convene the 
s d Parish to chuse an Agent or agents to appear before the Gen' As- 
sem'- v at y s d time to shew cause if any they have why the Prayer of" 
the s J Petition should not be granted. 

Rich 11 Waldron, Cler. Con. 
Eodem Die 

In the house of Representatives. 

The within Petition was Read and the Vote thereon and the vote- 
concured with this amendment (that whereas in the within vote for the 
first p'ish to be Notified to appeare next thursday) Voted — That the se- 
lectmen of y- first p'ish in Hampton be served with a coppy of the Pe- 
tition and to appeare (& shew cause if any they have) why the prayer 
of the Petitioner may not be granted the next sitting of the Gex\ ]l 
Assm, the second day of theire sitting 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass ra 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 339 

In Coun. Eod. Die 

Concurr'd w'- u the amendm 1 

Rich d Waldron, Or. con. 
Province of New Hampshire, 9 br 23 d 1726 

After hearing the deputies for each of the Parishes in Hampton re- 
lating to the Petition In the house of Representatives 9 br 23 d 1726, 

Voted — That the prayer of the petition be granted so farr, viz. That 
the south parrish of Hampton called the falls parrish be impowered 
fully & Seperately by themselves to make a Rate on all p'sons & Es- 
tates within said p'ish for the payment of theire ministers sallary at all 
Times hereafter, and be utterly free from haveing anything to do with 
the first p'ish, or the first p'ish in Hampton with them, relateingto the 
ministers sallary. 

James Jeffry Clr. Ass m 

Read and Concurred. 
In Coun Eod. die 

Read & Concurred 

R. Waldron cler. con 



Request relating to highways. 

Request being made to us the select men of Hampton falls or south 
Parish by sundry of the Inhabitants cf the northwest part of s d Parish 

Theire Request to us is that wee would perfect the highways where 
theire was Land Left for high ways between the Ranges of Lots in the 
first West devision so called and parfect other high ways where thay 
are wanting to be perfected accordingly we have dune as follows 

The first high way wee Layd out is begining at the deviding Line 
between Hampton and Kings town, & so Runing Esterly at the north 
Eand of the Lots in the 5 th Rang in the first west devision, so called s d 
high way to be 2 Rods wide northerly from the bounds of s 1 Lots 
through s rt division and from thence as the way now goeth to John 
Prescuts and from thence as the way now Goeth to the top of 
the hill by Jonathan Sweets s 1 highway to be 2 Rods wide and from 
thence as the way now goeth to Grapvine Run, this part of s a high- 
way to be 3 Rods wide and from thence as the high way now goeth to 
y* Contrey Road by Co :i Wears 2 Rods Wide 

2 d 'y And have lay'd out an other high way begining at s d deviding 
Line and Runing Easterly at y' north Eand of the Lots in the 6 Range 
of lots in the afore s ' division as s 1 Lots are bounded to Lay northerly 
of s d bounds 2 Rods wide to the way that goeth from Richard San- 
burns by James Sanbuns except it be at a great Rock in s d way against 
Stephen Hobses Land and theire s' 1 high way to Lay one Rod to the 
Northward of s d Rock. 

3 dl >' And have Laved another high way from the deviding Line be- 
tween Hampton & Exeter Runing Southerly at the side of the Ester- 
most Lot in the 7 th Range in s d devision to the way Last mentioned 2 
Rods wide 

4'y And have Layed out another high way from s d deviding Line be- 
tween Hampton & Exeter Runing south aty e Esterly Eands of the Lots 
in the 8 ta Rang of Lots in s d devision through s d devision 2 Rods 
wide 

5'y And have Lay'd another high way from s d deviding line between 
Hampton & Exeter near Wadly Crams Runing Southerly at the Est- 
erly Eands of the Lots in the 9' 11 Range of Lots in s d devision as the 



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Lots in s d devision are bounded to the highway at John Prescuts afore- 
mentioned 2 Rods wide and this wee make our Return this 20 th day of 
Feb. 1733-4 

Moses Blake ] 



Vera Copia- 



attest, 



Elisha Purintun 
John Bacheldor 

Jon" Fifield Parish Clerk 



Select 

men of 

Hampton 

fails or 

South Parish 



Petition relating to a Parish. 
To the Honourable hous of Representatives of this his Majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire Greeting. 
Gentlemen we your honours humble petitioners humbly 
sheweth that whereas his Honour y c Governor with his Majes- 
tys Counsel in answer to a petition from hampton did Grant a 
parish at North Ende of said town as shall apear by a Coppy 
of s ! grant, but it did not com to the honrable hous of Repre- 
sentatives for their concurranc thearwith Thearefore we your 
honours humble petitioners humbly crave your concurrance 
theare with, and in so doing you will much obiege us your 
humble Servants As in duty bound we shall ever pray, 
Hampton November 30, 1730. 



Simon Marston 
Maurice Hobbs 
Timothy Dalton 
David Pag 
Simon Darbon 
Joshuay Brown 
John Godfre 
Thomas Marston 
Joseph Dearbn 
Daniel Sanborn 
Widow Sarah Samborn 
John Shaw 
Jonathan Page 
Richard Tayler 
John Johnson 
John Radman 
Thomas Marston 
Benj a Roby 



John Wedgwood 
Edmund Chapman 
Ebenezer Godfrie 
Ruben Darbon 
Job Chapman 
William Palmer 
John Darbn 
John Marston 
Joseph Chapman 
Benj 1 Thomas 
Sam* Darbon 
William Godfree 
Sam 1 Marston 
Sam 1 Bachelder 
Benimin Johnson 
John Smith 
Samuel Dearbon 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 34I 

Petition of the Inhabitants of Hampton Falh for a tavern 

lice?ise. 

To his Excellence Jonathan belcher Esq. Capt Gen- 

73 ~3* erall and Commander in Chief in and over His 

Maj tiei province of New hampshire &c and to the 

t Hon bu the Counsell and House of Representatives 

conveaned in Gen 11 Assembly. 

The humble petition of us y Subscribers Inhabitants of 
Hampton falls parish most humbly sheweth. 

That for three or four years Last past wee have had Sundry 
Divisions and parties made which has cosd much distraction 
and trouble amongst y' J people of this parish upon y ' account 
of y e tavern. The hous formerly Bult by Co 1 ' Peter Weare 
at y e Corner where two streets met was Bult with Logs after 
y e manner of a Garrison and on purpose for a publick hous of 
Entertainment for travelers &c and was veary sarvesable for y 8 
Security of Travelers and y e Inhabitants in y e troublesum 
time of war, upon y e consideration of so good service to y e 
publick y e General! Assembly of this province made it a Li- 
cenced Hous as wee have been Inform'd and it has been Im- 
prov cl for y* use ever since, till about a twelve month since, 
and now By the consideration and order of his Maj ties Gen 11 
Quarter sessions of *y e peace for s' ; provence held a-t Dover the 
fourth of Sept 1732 a Licence was Granted to another man 
whos hous is not so convenient and against y e Desire of most 
of the Inhabitants of this parish the Selectmen of our parish 
Did at y e sessions affore said approbate Mr Daniel Colins, y° 
present owner of y e old Hous y l usually had ben the tavern 
who has substance by him and well suplied to keep y 8 house 
with sutable nessasaries for entertaining Strangers and trav- 
ellers and since he lias had y e s' Hous he has Laid out Con- 
siderable upon it in altering and makeing new additions to 
make y e Hous more convenient and fitt for such Bussness. 
Therefore wee your most humble petitioners most humbly 
prays that as y e said House was a Licenced Hous formerly as 
By Liveing Evidence it can be proved that it was so and for 
That it will prevent making parties amongst us by Striveing 
every year which shall get y" approbation, that the same Hous 
may again be made a Licenced House the person keeping it 
allwais giving Bonds from time to time for keeping Good or- 
ders and your petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever pray. 

Daniel Weare Jonathan Fifield 

Samuel Daves Moses Black, Sen 

Robart Qniaby Jon Chapir.an 

John French John Stan;an 
Henry Lam pro - Shadrick Warde 

Bdward West Jorje Conar 

Joseph Cass Jt Isac Fales 



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Jerem h Browne 
John Halle 
Tim Blake 
Henry Grene (?) 
Benj 11 Moody 
Ralp Butler 
Enoch Sanburn 
John Gove Sen r 
Winthrop Dow 
Joseph Worth 
Jacob Brown 
Ephraim Hoyt 
Nathan Hoyt 
Ephraim (?) 

Jeremiah Easman 
John Chase 
Joseph Nortin 
Ebenezer Dow 
Samuel Page 
Jonathan Chase 
John Philbrick 
Nathan Sanborn 
Jesreal Clii v ord • 
John Clifford 
Beniamin Prescut 
Samuel Tiiton 
John Cram Jr 
Joseph Pearkins 
John Wore 
Samuel Healey 
Nath' Healey 
Jonathan Green 
Jonathan Bachelder 
Joseph Tiiton 
John Cram 
Jonathan Cram Jr 
John Browen 
James Moulton 
Samuel Matshun 
John Matson 
Jacob Garland 
John Green 
Jacob Stan van 
Thomas Gill 
Amos Cass 
Sam' 1 Emons 
Benjamin Green 
Jedjah Blake 
Nathan Clough 
Joseph Cass 
Jonathan Cass 
Sharon Blake 
Jon" Philbrick 
Benj* Pearkins 
Thomas Cram 



William Thomson 
Ichabod Robie 
Jethro Tiiton 
Jonathan Nason 
Jonathan Bachelder 
Samuell Lane 
Richard Sanborn 
James Sanburn 
Joseph Tiiton 
Shurbun Tiiton 
Josiah Tiiton 
David Sanborn 
John Page 
Ebenezer Prescutt 
Stephen Hobs 
Israel James 
Abra : " Moulton 
Timothy Huchesun 
Joseph Wadleigh 
John Swain 
Philemon Blake 
Robert Row 
John Bachelder 
Wad ley Cram 
Daniel Kelley (?) 
John Green Sen. 
Lenamin Cram 
William Evans 
Jonathan Tiiton 
Jonathan Prescutt 
Jonathan Row 
Thomas Leavit 
Elisha Prescut (?) 
Elisher Prescut Jr 
Benj Prescut 
Edward Tuck 
Sam" Blake 
Nathaniell Prescutt 
Joseph Draper 
Richard Nason 
Beniamin Sanbon 
James Prescutt 
Jeremiah Green 
Jonathan Prescut 
Benj' Sweet 
Benj. Hiland 
Tim" Hiland 
Calub Browne 
Thos. Philbrick 
Jeremy Gove 
Jonathan Dow 
Jn° Harvy 
John Gove, Jr 
Calub Swan 



In Coun. Feb. 28^ 1732-3. 

Read and unanimously Voted to be dismissed. 
R. Waldron Secry. 



r.ff"*— :'■>-.*, 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 343 

Petition for a neiv Parish. 
'To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq Governor and Com- 
mander in cheif in and over His Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire in New England 
And To the Honourable the Council for said province and to 
the Gentlemen of the house of representatives now sitting 
in Gen 1 ass ni for said province, 

The humble petition of the Inhabitants in that part of kings- 
town called the East part of kingstown and the west part of 
the inhabitants of the falls 'parish in Hampton 

Humbly sheiveth 
That there being fifty familys & upwards within the precincts 
above named who having for a long 1 time lived at a grate dis- 
tance from an}- meeting house where the publick worship of 
Gtfd has been carrved on and most of us having great familys 
which very Rare above one or two of a family can go to the 
house of God y e greater part of the time by reason of the 
great distance we live from anv meeting house and thereby 
the greatest part of our familys have been deprived of .the dis- 
pensation of y e Gospel and there has been almost a famine of 
y* word and worship of God amongst us thear being near four 
hundred souls whereof not above y" sixth or seventh part can 
attend said worship which is very prejudicial to the Glory of 
God and destructive to our eternal wellfare for the Greatest 
part of us thus to be brought up in ignorance which is a 
greater Grief to us than we can herein express and y e only 
cause of addressing your Excellency and the ho'n w * Council & 
assembly herein and for preventing the difficulty's and hard- 
ships which we have for a long time laboured under, and for 
the advancement of the glory of God and good of souls we the 
• subscribers hereof humbly pray your excellency & y c Honnor- 
able the council that we may be set of a particular district or 
precinct for the maintaining a Minister with the priviledges of 
carrying on the affairs of town or parrish according to the 
bounds hereafter expressed or as your Excellencie and the 
Honorble the council & house of Representatives shall in wis- 
dom see fit the bounds of y e precinct herein petitioned for we 
desire it may run two mile and a half on Almsbury line, west- 
ward into Kingston from y° line w divides Hampton and Kings- 
ton & one mile and halfe on Exeter line and from y e same di- 
viding line to run Eastward by Almsbury & Salisbury line 
Eastward towards Hampton two miles, 1-2, and to carry that 
same breadth of two mile and a half to Hampton north line 
upon a north line parallel to the dividing line afore s d and if 
your Excellency & y e hon v - y e council & house of Representa- 
tives in your wisdom shall see meet to grant your Petitioners 
:so reasonable a request, we most humbly pray if possible it 






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may be so y l we may be able to build a meeting house this- 
summer and your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 



John Darling 
Joseph Greele 
Joshua Prescutt 
Nathan Bachelder 
Phinehas Bachelder 
Richard Clifford 
William Smith 
Isick Gresen ( ?) 
Abraham Smith 
Benj j Swett 
Daniel Darling 
Edward Fifield 
Joseph Berry (?) 
Samuell Look 
Beniaman French 
Jonathan Dole 
Jonathan Greeiy 
Ebenezer Fellows 
Ichahod Clough 
Jeremy Webster 
Isaac Godfrey 
John Clifford 
Benjamin Morrill 
Jeremiah Prescutt 
Elihu Chase 



Isaac Fellows 
Ebenezer Collins 
Ebeneza Sleeper 
Samuel Amons 
John We a re 
Samuel Clifford 
Jonathan Palmer 
Beniamin Brown 
John Graves 
Josiah Bachelder 
Ebenezer Bachelder 
Joseph Shaw 
Gideun Shaw 
Philip Dow 
Edward Lock 
Ezekiel Dow 
Nathan Prescut 
Joshua Prescut Jr 
Josiah Tilton 
James Tapin 
Ruben Currier 
Henry Currier 
Ezekiel Morrill 
Abner Morrill 
Richard Fites 



In the Hottse of Representatives May o/'- 1732 

The within Petition Read & ordered that the Parrish of HamptonJFalls; 
& the town of Kingstown be served with a copy of this Petition, & or- 
dered to appear the Second day of the next fall sessions to shew rea- 
sons if any they have why the prayer of petition should not be granted- 
This to be at the charge of the Petitioners 

James Jeffry cler. Assm. 
In Council May 13' h 1732 
Read and Concurrd 

R. Waldron, Secry. 
I assent to the above vote. 

May 15 : 1732. J. Belcher 

In the House of representatives March i»* 1732-3 

The within petition being read & the pleas and allegations on both 
sides being heard & considered tis Voted that the s d petition be dis- 
missed 

George Walton, Clr. protem. 



Concurrence in foregoing petition. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq & Gov r & Coman- 
der in Chief in & over his Majesties Province of New 
Hamps in New England & to the Honnourable Council 8c 
to the Gent ri of the House of Representatives now sitting irt 
General Assembly for s d Prov. 
This is to Signifle to y Excellency & to the Hon ble Council. 



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& to the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives, That 
Whereas we the Subscribers of Hampton Living whithm y 9 
Limits or Bounds of this Petition for a Precinct or Parish out 
of Hampton & Kingstown, we are willing to Joyn with them 
& Desire to be Received & accepted as Petitioners with them 
and so we Rest with them in our Capacity his Majestys most 
dutiful Subjects & Humbly hopeing for a Gracious answer to 
our Petition. 

Hezekiah Blake ' Andrew Webster 

Rubea Smith . . j Mary Longfellow Executrix to 
Nathaniel Derbun \ Nathan Longfellow De d 

James Perkins Jonathan Dow 



Objections thereto. 
At a Leaugual Meetting of the freeholders of Hampton New parish 
held this 28 Ca day of August 1732. 

I st Nathaniel Weare Esq. Chosen Moderator for said meetting 
3^7 Left Ichabod Robie Chosen a Commite man to Appeare at the 
General Court to give in Reasons why the West part of the new parish 
in Hampton may not be set of to the East part of Kingstown to be a 
parish. 

j}y Capt Nathaniel Healys Chosen a Commite man for the Eand above 
said. 

Hampton February the 22 ; 1732-3 
A True Copie as attest 

Joseph Tilton Clerk. 

At a Lagull town meting held agust y° 28 1732. 2 ! ? Voted that we 
wont not seet of the Est part of ouer town for a district or parish to 
Joyne with y West part of hampton and that there was not one votei- 
appared for y* sating them c( att said meeting the Rason is Becase we 
are sensnball it will Rr.eine our town. 

3*7 Captn Jonathan Samborn and Mr Ebenezer Stevens are chosen 
to Represent y e town at our Generall Cortt to give in our Rasins Why 
we did not grant the petitionars thare petition for to be sat of for a dis- 
trict or parish at v- Est End of our Town. 

A True Coppy'by Mr John Swett Town Clerk. 



Petition of Hampton Falls for a Fair. 
To His Excelency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Governour and 

Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys Province 

of New Hampsh r and to the Hon ble his Majestys Councel. 

The Humble Petition of the Select men of the Parish of 
Hampton falls in said province Most Humbly sheweth 

That whare as in this our Parish and in the Touns and Par- 
ishes Round about us, and to y e East ward of our Province 
Thare are Raised a Bundance of Quick Stock which to geather 



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with other Traffick Twill in a year we want to sell, and having 
experenced Sumthing of benifet of a Time and place for Mar- 
keting s d Stock and Traffick in our s d Parish, which Benifett 
not ondly our Parish but also our Province togeather with y 8 
eastward Touns have shaired with us in by Reason of the Seath- 
uation of our Parish" being y* most conveanientto accomodate 
Boath Provinces. We your Petitionours Therefore most Hum- 
bly pray 

That his Excelency and y* Hon ble Councel order that y* 
second Wednesday and Thursdays in May and y e Third 
Wednesday and Thirsday in October to be days of Fair for 
Publick Traiding in this Parish att the now most noted Pub- 
lick hous and Cuntory Road yearly and for ever, for the Beny- 
fites above Expressed As in duty bound will ever pray. 



» Joseph Tieton "j Selectmen 

Jonathan Prescutt of y e 

Joseph Worth > parish 

* Israel Blak of 

Benjamin Green J Hampton-Falls. 
Hampton Falls Oct. io :;i 1734. 



Grant of a Fair to Hampton Falls, 1734. 

George the 2 d by the Grace of God of Great Britain, 
fProv. Seal] France and Ireland King Defend 1 ' of y- faith &' To all 
to whom these presents shall come, Greeting — Know 
yee that we of our Especial Grace certain knowledge and meer mo- 
tion for the due encouragment of Trade and Traffic within our Parish 
of Hampton Falls in our province of New H'amp* in New England 
and for the more effectual carrying on of the same there — Have Given 
and Granted and do by these presents give and grant to the Inhabitants 
of our Said Parish & "their successors the privilege of having holding 
&. keeping two yearly Fairs in the s d parrish forever, each to continue 
2 day together S: no more, The one To begin on the last Tuesday in 
April, and the other on y- last Tuesday in October, Annually, To have 
and to hold the said Privilege of keeping Two yearly Fairs as above- 
said for the Ends and purposes above expressed to the said Inhabitants 
and their successors forever In Testimony whereof we have caused 
our Province seal to be hereunto affixed 

Witness, Jonathan Belcher Esq. Our Gov & Com r In Chief in and 
over our s d Province the twenty fourth day of October in y e 8'- h y r of 
our reign, Anno'q Dom. 1734. 

J. Belcher. 
By His Ex c >- Comand w th 
the advice of y* Coun. 

R. Waldron, Secy 



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Agreement relating to Rev. Ward Cotton. 

Hampton 1733-4. 
Att a Legall meeting of the freeholders of Hampton this 12 th day of 
March 1733-4- 

8 ly Wee the freeholders doe agree to settle Mr Ward Cotton he in the 
work of the ministry with the Rev d Mr Gookins provided his proposals 
be such as we can comply with and that three men be chose as a comit- 
tee to Treat with Mr Cotton and to know his proposalls and make Re- 
port to the Town at this meeting The comittee chosen are 
Se n Christopher Page & Sam !1 Palmer, Jr. 

Capt Jonathan Marston 
Vera Copia as attest 

Sam 11 Dow Town Clerk. 
Dissents. 
Maj r Wingett Jonhn Wedgwood 

Simon Marston Will Godfrey 

Morish Hobs Tho Marston 

Sam 11 Dearborn, Sen. Tim Dalton 

Daniel Samborn. 



Petition adverse to setting off a neiv Parish. 
To his Excelency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Governor and Com- 
mander in chief in and over His Maj n * s Provence of New 
Hampsher & and to y c Hon" e Counsel! and Hous of Rep- 
resentatives convean d in Generall Assambly. 
The humble petition of us who are Inhabitants of y e west 
part of Hampton Falls parish most humbly sheweth 

That whare as thare is a petition prefered to y e authority 
afore s d by Sundry of y e Inhabitants of y e est part of y c Town 
of Kingston and sundry of y e Inhabitants of y u west part of 
Hampton Fall parish to be set of a perticular District or pre- 
senct with preveledges and Limets as in s d petition is Exprest 
And we Inhabiting in that part of s d Destrict petitioned for 
that Doos Belong to Hampton Falls parish do with submis- 
sion Declare ourselves posatively against s d petitioners pro- 
ceedings and conduct in that afair and that s' 1 petition was 
prefer* without our knowledg or Desire and if s d petition 
shold be granted we fere it will caus Devisions and parties 
amongst us on that acompt, which will be veary hurtfull both 
to church and Comunwelth, And there fore we His Maj te 
most Loial Subjects and your most humble suppliants mot 
humbly pray that your Excelency y c Hon ble Councell and Gen- 
tlemen of y e Hous of Representatives in your wisdom and 
easiness will not suffer us to be carried away by constraint but 
will see caus not to grant thair Request and wee your peti- 
tioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 

John Prescut John Bachelder 

Robert Row Richard Samborn 



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Abraham Moulen ? 
Wad lev Cram 
Jonathan Tilton 
Shurbun Tilton 
Daniel Keller 
James Sanbun 
Steven Hobs 
Edmund James 
Simon Batchelder 
John Tilton 
James Prescut 
William Evens 
John Tappen 
Joseph Draper 



Beniamen Cram 
Samuel Blake 
Jonathan Row 
James Fogg 
Ebenezer Prescut 
John Page 
Shadrach Ward 
David Samborn 
Timothy Huchison 
Israel James 
Phileon Blake 
John Cram 
John Melisher 
Joseph Row 



Reasons against the same. 

Whare as thare is a pettion Exebeted to his Exelency and the hon bl * 
Councell and house of Representatives in the Provence of New 
hamsheir by Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Est part of Kings town 
and the west part of the Inhabitance of the Falles parrish in Hampton 
to be sett of two miles and a halfe In to Kingstown and two miles and 
a halfe in to Hampton as it is set forth in the petition for a peteckluer 
destrict or precfnt for the maintaining a minister with priveledges or 
cayring one the affairs of a town or parrish and your Excelency y" 
Hon Me Councel! and house of Representatives in your grat wisdom 
Clemency & Justess ordered y ; y" parrish of hampton ffalies and the 
town of Kingstown be sarved with a copy of y e petition and to appeare 
the second day of the next falle session" to Shue the .Resons if thay 
have any whyy e prayer of petition should not be granted for which we the 
Inhabitants of Kingstown are Inxpresably thank full for your gratt 
wisdom prudence and Justess In this affaire and with your Leve give 
these following Reasons why y- said petition should not be granted^, 
firstly tho»e of our town that are pettetioners are all of them new 
comers to setell In our town and som of them young men and no 
famelyes and none or but one of them ware att any truble or charge 
with us In the Long and Tedus wars that we indured in this town with 
the heathen enemy nore in building our meeting house In Said town 
for above twenty veares agoe. 

2 1 ? The meeting house which thay have Raised Is so neare to the 
Sid of y destrict petitioned for that grate part of the ajasent inhabi- 
tance which for a Long time have borne grate charges in y- Wars and 
all other Charges In the plaseand It is more defecult and worse for 
them to go to meeting there then where they now do. 

3 : >' Many of y° petetioners are new comers from other plases to set- 
ell neare the Line sume call it between the Masetusets and new Hamp- 
sheir and so as ocasion sarves them shift and shrink and bare no charge- 
any whare if they cane help it the Line being not yett determened. 

4 ! >' Sume of the petetionrs Lives In the Provence of the Masetusets 
about Seven of them sume of them In Nebury and Sume of them att 
Salsbury and sume of them may heir the Sahnes Sung at the meeting 5 
house in the houses where thay now live, and Sume others of the peti- 
tioners are amost as neare, If not quitt to a meeting house Thay have; 
raised and have moved from Salsbury and Amsbury and other plases 
whare the Gospel 1 is plentefuly preched and good orders Keept and for 
them to say thare is allmost a famine of y word of God amongst them 
Is very obsurd and Redekules. 

5 1 * And to us the Inhabitants of Kingston It is well known that we 



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349 



"have been att grat charg and werry much exposed in y e war and since 
T>en att grate troubell and defrence about owr minister and are Justly 
and Quietly setteled In a brave Christian and Loveing way with a good 
worthy minister and if these petetioners cane have their desire In thare 
petition will make agrate dele of trubell amongest us againe and Prob- 
abell all is Because thay will not be attaLitell charge with us In building 
a meeting house In said town In the senter of said town whareby we all 
may have Rome to Mett In Comonalty for to take of two miles and a 
halfe from owr town of Kingstown will take alimost halfe y e Ratable 
Estate of our town and Sundry of our first Setlers with us and have 
caryed one with us In the ware and other charges that have arisen In 
jr« town so that If thare petition should be granted it will have a gratt 
tendency to Ruine the Pease Love unity among us. and Render us 
very incapable of supporting owr Reverend Minister as we ought to do 
as In duty we are bound to do, There fore we pray it may not be 
granted. 

6'? They say for preventing the defecelty and hard sheps thay for a 
Long time have Laboured under and fory 9 advansment of y* glory of 
God and the good of soules thay humbly pray which If they have La- 
boured under such defecoltyes for a Long time it was and must be be- 
fore they came heire whare they now Live for they have ben whare 
thay now live but a* very litell time and for y% gratest part of them as 
thay say to be brought' up In Igronces we hope and dout not but if 
thay will come to' owr meeting* and heire our minister they wil'l grow 
wiser and pull down thare meeting house 

All which Considered with else may be said we your most dutifull 
and obedent Servants dout not but your Excelencey and y r hon- Coun- 
6ell and Gentelhnen of the house of Representatives In vour gratt wis- 
dom Clemency and Justes will see casue not to grant thare petition 
for which we shall ever Remain werry thankfull and shall ever pray. 

Jon^ Sanburn. 
Ebenezer Stuvens. 



Names of persons in different towns who petitioned to be an- 
nexed to Massachusetts — 1739. 
[See Prov. Pap., Vol. V., pp. 915-925.] 
I&5P* These names not repeated in the Index. Ed.] 



Natbl Seargent 
Jabez Smith 
Gershora Griffith 
Henry Fifield 
James Johnson Jr 
Danl Moulton 
Wm Lock 
Sarall Leavitt 
-Joshua Brown 
Thos Rand 
Wm Stamford 
Jacob Moulton 
Charles Walker 
Thorn. Ward 
James Johnson 
John Hoes 



Lv Hamptow. 

Nathl Drake 
Thilip Towl 
Jno Sherburne 
Edmund Rand 
Samll Dalton 
Jona Leavitt 
Wm Gross 
Thomas Lane 
Benja James 
Seth Fogg 
Jabez Jame? 
Ward Cotton 
Benja Lampre 
Richl Sanborn 
Caleb Towl 
Ezekiel Moulton 



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Abner Saraborn 
Isaac Libbe 
Peter Garland 
Thorns Bachelour 
Joseph Mouiton 
Hampton, 42. 

Joseph Seecomb 
Simeon Brown 
Jno Carter 
Peter Tom son 
Jos. Eastman 
Theoph's Griffin 
Orlando Bagley 
James Wood 
Jeremiah Currier 
Thos Eastman 

his 
Theoph. X Clough 

mark 
Joseph Bean 
Ra!p. Biasdel Jr 
Jno Silaway 
Thomas Carter 

his 
Jno X Carter, Jr 
mark 
his 
Moses X Biasdel 

mark 
Thomas Brown 
Wm Whicher 
Elipha. Griffin 
Wm Stephens 
Jno Griffin 
Theo3 Griffin Jr 
Danl Rowell 
Sam 11 Hunton 
Enoch Biasdel 
Wm Bairn el 
Nathan Swett 
Daniel Young 

his 
Benj. B. Wadly 

mark 
Benjamin Sawyer 
Moses Nicholls 
Ebenezer Stevens Jr 
Joseph Sawyer 
Samll Tucker 
Joshua Woodman 
Jeremiah Wheeler 
Joseph Fellows 
Joshua Webster 
Jona Young 



Thorns Brown- 
Jacob Brown 
Nehemiah Hobs 
Robert Drake 
Shubel Sanborn Jr_ 



In Kingstown. 



his 
Jero X Qumby 

mark 
Ephraira Stephens 
Benjamin Choate Jr. 
Saml Webster 

his 
Saml X Bean 

mark 
Joseph Young Jr 

his 
Wm X Lovrin 

mark 
Jno Young 
Saml Robey 
Tristrha Sanborn, Jr 
Obediah Elkins 
Aaron Young 
Edward Scribner 
Robert Stuart 
Elisha Sweet 
Jacob Peasley 
Benjamin Eastman 

his 
Wm X liobey 

mark 
Ebenezer Webster 
Philip Huntoon Jr 
Jno Darling 
Wm Boyuton 
Jachabod Clough 
Phincas Bachelder 
Ebenezer Sleeper 
Nathan Bachelder 
Isaac Godfrey 
Jon a Biasdel 
Benja French 
Samll Emons 
Josiah Tilton 
Ebenr Fellows 
Ebenr Bachelder 
Benja Clough 
Ebenr Collins 
Jacob Gale 
Ebenr Biasdel 
Jno March 
Benja Stevena 

his 
Samll X Welch 

mark 



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35* 



his 
David F Quimby 

mark 
Jno Sweet Jr 
Jno Hun toon 
Danll Gilman 
Joseph Elkins 
Jona Choate 
James Bean 
DanI Darling 
Nathl Smith 
Stephen Gilman 

his 
Robert X Stockman 

mark 
Philip Welch 
Henry Morrill 
Jeremiah Hubbard 
tfcichd Tande 
Wm Silloway 
Jabez Page 
Epbraira Eikins • 
Jacob Plunders 
John Morgin 
Jona Stevens 
Jno Clark 
Samll Eastman 
Jno Huton 
Joseph Bean Jr 
Paul Sanborn 
Jno Hubbard 
Thomas Elkins 
Jona French 
Stephen Flanders 
Wm Clifford 

Kingstown, 146. 

Nathl Weare 
Charles Treadwell 
Benja Sanborn 
Benja Sanborn, Jr. 
Nath. Healey 
Ebenezer Shaw 
Nathan Tiiton 
John Cram 
Samuel Lane 
John Brown 
Daniel Brown 
John Brown, Tertius 
Jacob Green 
Benja Prescutc 
Jona Baohelder 
Reuben Sanborn 
Samuel Tiiton 
Abraham Brown 
Jabez Smith 
Beaj. Swett 



Jona Sanborn tere 
Caleb Towl 
Dyer Hook 
Benjamin Sweet 
.Nathl Hun toon 
Timothy Eastman 
Daniel Bean 
Elisha Winsle 
Eben Esman 
Benja Sleeper 
Jno Thorn 
Jno Sleeper 
Daniel Moody 
Wm Long 
Ralph Blasdel 
Jacob Morrill 
Jona Blake 
Benja Silla 
Charles Hunt 
Abraham Smith 
Wm Smith 
Jonathan Greley 
James Tapin 
Benja Morrill 
Jno Fi field tera 
Stephen Merrill 
Philemon Wella 
Caleb C lough 
Isaac Griffin 
Elly Bede 
Samll Buswell 
Phillip Moody 
Jona Hobbs 
Benony Long 
Henry Bagly 

Is Hampton Falls. 

John Stanyan 
Thomas Leavitt 
Caleb Swain 
Samuel Prescut 
Philemon Blake 
Joshua Blake 
Abner Sanborn 
William Buesel 
Jonathan Fiiield 
Samuel Shaw 
Joshua Purinton 
Winthrop Dow 
Am oss Cass 
Enoch Gove 
John French 
Benjamin Dow 
Jonathan Hoag, Jr 
Ebenezer Blake 
Ephraim Hoit 
Joseph Thrasher 



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i 


Thomas Brown 


Jonathan Green 




Jeremiah Pea&son 


Benjamin Green 




Moses Stickney 


Jonathan Hoag 


■ 


Ebenezer Gove 


Henry Drewe 




Nathan Green 


Job Haskell 




Daniel Swett 


Stephen Palmer 




Jeremiah Benet 


Philip Pravere 


■ 


John Flood 


Jeremiah Brown 


] 


Jonathan Chase 


Ebenezer Knowlton 



Thos Silla 
Archelas Lakeman, Jr 
John Flood, Jr 
Joseph Worth. 
John Worth 
Obadiah Worth 
Daniel Chase 

Hampton Falls, 72. 

» 

John Calfe 
-James Norres 
James Willson , 
Francis Towl 
Moses Hills 
Samuel Emerson 
Enoch Colby 
Jonathan Blunt 
Stephen Webster 
Daniel MacFarland 
Ebenezer Dearborn 
Chester, 22. 

John Clark 
Moses Thirston 
John Thirston 
David Staniford 
Samll Leavitt 
Miles Laavitt 
Nathan Taylor 
Richd Sinkler 
Samll Leavit 
Abraham Stockbridge 
John Stockbrhlge 
Charles Rundtet 
Satchwell Clark 
John Rundlet 
James Robinson 
John Robinson 
Mosea Leavit 
Edward Fifield 
Ephraim Leavit 
Nathl Ambrosa 
Solomon Cotton 
Jonathan Chase 
Thomas Railings 
Richd Calley 
Joseph Hoag 



Jno Knowlton 
Ralph Butler 
Nathl Burrell 
Nathan Cram 
Thomas Cram 
MeshechWeare 
Benja Hilyard. 

Is Chester. 

Ebenezer Fiagg 
Ebenezer Blunt 
Benjamin Smith 
John Kezer 
James Vearnum 
Jonathan Hall 
John Hall 
Jonas Clay 
Ephraim Hasseltlne 
Ebenezer Carlton 
Christopher Carlton 

In Stratham. 

Joseph Merril 
Benjamin Tayler 
Richd Young 
Matthew Tomson 
Joshua Kennison 
Owen Runnels 
Joseph Larrance 
Jonathan Fifield 
John Veazey 
Nathll Piper 
Jonathan Silley 
Caleb Bawliogs 
Jonathan Chase Jr 
Joseph Hoit Jr 
Joseph Edgerly 
John Purmott 
Richd Palmer 
James Chase 
William CaiJey 
Benja Hoag 
Enoch Merril 
Abraham Morgan, Jr 
John Avery 
William Chase 
Jameo Keucison 



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Ebenezer Folshara 
Joseph Merrel 
Sa.mll Leavit, Jr 
James Leavit 
Benja Cotton 
Theophilus Rnndlet 
Joseph Hoyt 
Stratham, 63. 



Moses Kennison 
Joshua Neall 
John Wadleigh 
Joshua Railings 
Thomas Calley 
Dudley Leavitt 



In Exetek. 



Daniel Gilman 
Jona Norrea 
John Burgin 
Robert Light 
Trueworthy Gilman 
Peter Gilman 
Benja Thing 
Nathl Webster 
Daniel Gael 
Jona Gilman 
Simon Gilman 
Josiah Gilman 
James Leavit Jr 
Samll Thing 
Israel Gilman 
John Kimbal 
Andrew Gilman 
John Light 
Jacob Tilton 
Samll Gilman 
Nicholas Gilman 
John Gilman 
John Lord 
John Odlin 
Thomas Deane 
Edward Hall 
Mo^es Oilman 
Nathl Bartlett 
Thomas Lord 
John Gilman 4th 
John Leavit 
Joseph Thing 
John Mur3h 
Daniel Thing 
Philip Connor 

his 
Jona JJ Gliden 
mark 
his 
Jona X Foulsom 

mark 
Jona Foulsom 
Abraham Foulsom 
James Gordon 

his 
Eph & Foulsom 

mark 

3 3 



his 
Thos X. Gording 

mark 
Benjamin FLfleld 

his 
Benj. B.. Judkin3 

mark 
Joseph Thing, Jr 
Peter Thing 
Jeremiah Gilman, Jr 
Edward Gilman 
Darbey Kelly 
Abner CoHin 
Job Judkins 

his 
Benj. X Foulsom 

mark 
his 
Nicholas X Gorden, Jr 

mark 
John Q nimby 
James Gilman 
Dudley Odlin 
Ezekl Gilman 
Nathl Bartlett, Jr 
Joseph Scribner 
Joshua Gilman 
Abner Thirst on 
Peter Foulsom 
John Haines 
Samll Conner 
Daniel Thurston 
Benj 'a Conner 
Nathaniel Gorden Hardy or 
Benja Rollins, Jr 
Stephen Gilman 
Nathl Thing 
John Foulsom, Jr 
Sami Stevens, Jr 
Jethro 

John Gorden, Jr 
James Leavit 
Ebenezer Light 
Moses Swett 
Samll Elkins, Jr 
Jona Wadleigh 
Dudley Leavit 



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Benja Smith 
Jeremiah Calfe 
Jerema Calfe Jr* 
Saml Edgerly 
Daniel Calfe 
James Calfe 
Benjamin Mead 
Thomas Wilson 
James Lean 
Joshua Wilson 
Nathi Eadd 
Jabez Sanborn 
Thomas Edgerly 
Daniel Folsom 
John Bowden 
John Hutchinson 
Ephraim Robinson 
John Dudley 
Edw. Colcord 
Richard Preson 
Daniel Elkins 
Jeremiah Yeasey . 
Jona Oilman, Jr 
Jame3 Folsom 
William Doran 
Ellas Ladd 
Coffin Thing- 
Abraham Folsom 
Edward Thing 
Jonathan Thing 
William Lamson 
Samll Lamson 
Daniel Young 
Joseph Gorden 
Daniel Homan 
Jeremiah Conner 
John Looge 
John Oilman 
John Oilman 
Humphrey Wilson 
John Rice 
Thomas Lyford 
Cornelius Conner 
Samuel Dollof 
Saml Stevens 
Amos Dollof 
Theopmlus Hardy, Jr 

his 
Edward O. Stevens 

mark 
Ephm Philbrok 

his 
Jona X Dollof 

mark 
Henry 3Iarshall 
Biley Hardy 
Emslev James 



Francis James 
Charles Eundiefc 
Peter Folsom 
Ben. Swain 
, John Baird 
John George 
Thomas Webster, Jr 
Thomas Kimming 
James Whidden 
Nicholas Gorden 
Henry Steel 

his 
Danl o Giles Jr 

mark 
Thomas Robinson 
Nathll Folsom 
Jno Smith 

his 
Ebenezer X Martin 

mark 
Davison Dudley 
Francis Bracket 
John Robarts 

his 
Alex X Roberts- 
mark 
Jonathan Young 
Michael Bovrden 
Nicho Oilman, Jr 
Neherniah Oilman 
John Steel 
Joseph Graves 

his 
Edward X West 

mark 
Edward Scribner 
John Scribner 
William Graves 
Geo. Roberts 
Stephn Loal 
Timothy Gorden 
Job Kennison 
Joseph Louncan 
John Loveru 
Joseph Giles 
Ebenezer Colcord 
Elijah Vickery 
Nathan Taylor 
James Dudley, Jr 
Jonathan Smith, Jr 
Daniel Lary 
James Young 
Benj. Scribner 
Daniel Gile3 
Samuel Dudley,, Jr 
Israel Smith 
John Giles 



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355 



Saml Young 
James Dudley 
John Brown 
Josiah Moody 
Zechariah Judkins 
William Smith 
Israel Smith 
Daniel Gorden 
John Roberts Jr 
Nicholas Dollof 

his 
Joseph Z Atkinson 

mark 
James Robinson 
Nicholas Dudley 
Timothy Leavit 
Stephen Leavit 
Sarall Smith Cooper 
Samuel Roberta 
Sealey Leavit 
Eenja Oilman 
Daniel Warmall 
Nicholis Dudley, Jr 
Waley Stevens 
Josiah Thing 
Carter Oilman 

his 
Joseph X Taylor 

mark 
John Farrar 
Jonathan Dudley 
Samuel Dudley 
John Odlin, Jr 
Philip Wadleigh 
George Creston 
Robert Young 
Samuel Magoon 
Benony Oorden 
William Graves, Jr 
Edward Ladd 
John Luf kin 
James Gorden, Jr 
Exeter, '202. 

Nathl Prescut 
Jona Prescut 
Joseph Wadieigh 
Sand Blake 
Israel James 
Jeremiah Batchelder 
Richard Samborn 
Stephen Hobes 
Edward Smith 
Ebenezer Huchens 
John Green 
Ebenezer Knoulton 
Jona Brown 
Samll Page 

Kensington, 27. 



Israel Young 
Samll Dudley, Jr 
Clement Moody 
Jeremiah Beean 
Samll Richardson 
Jonathan Gorden 
Joseph Leavit 
David Smith 
Ambros Hindes 
James Norris 
Daniel Lad 
Josiah Lad 
Caleb Oilman, Jr 
Richard Dollof, Jr 
John Leavit, Jr 
Curtis Bean 
David Dollof 
Daniel Lary 
Etisha Odlin 
Peter Coffin 
John Gorden 
Nicholas Ferryman 
Theophilus Hardy 
Jonathan Conner 
John Canby 
Stephen Lyford 
Benjamin Dollof 
Jona Oilman, ters 
Moses Conner 
Nathl Oilman 
Trueworthy Dudley 
Jeremiah Bean 
John Foulsom ters 
Robert Patten 
Jacob Smith 
Jona Smith, Jr 
Samll Smith 
Samuel Lary 
John Norris 
Dudley James 
Francis James 



Lv KENSINGTON. 

Benja Brown 
Henry Lampre 
Jeremiah Green 
George Conner 
John Cram 
William Evens 
Abner Evens 
Abraham Moulton 

David 

Benjamin Jarvia 
John Prescut 
Benjamin Page 
Timothy lluchene- 



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35^ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

In Greenland. 

Samll Weeks Wm Symp3on 

Josbua Weeks Samll Bryon 

Benja Maoris Jno Lang 

Samll Chapman Jedediah Weeks 

Pennel Chapman David Dearborn 

Ebeur Johnson Jno Weeks 

Mattbias Hains Walter Weeks 

Lewis Hains Mathias Weeks 

James Johnson Benja Kennison 

Samll Davi3 Joha Weeks 

Jno Weeks, Jr , . James Cate 

Ebenr Johnson, Jr . Enocb Clark 

Saml Weeks, Jr Bracket Johnson 

Joseph Hill Samll Hiex (?) 

John Johnson Henry Clark 

George Kennison Elias Philbrook 

his Benja Philbrook 

Joseph X Melon Joseph Grant 

mark Jona Weeks 

Joseph Week3 Henry Clark, Jr 

Samll King John Johnson 

Joshua Macres Elisha Bryon 

Robert Bryon, Jr Nathl Huggin 

Jona Dockum, Jr Dan 11 Allin Jr 

Jno Dockum Nathan Johnson, Jr 

Robert Bryon Joseph Meloon, Jr 

Jno Watson . Leonard Weeks 

Tucker Gate Wm Walles 
Jno Rawlinggs 
Total, 55. 

Hampton 42 

Kingston, . . . . . - 146 

Hampton Falls .72 

Chester 22 

Stratham, 63 

Exeter 262 

Kensington, 27 

Greenland, 55 

Total, . . . . . ... 689 



Reasons offered agahist a new district. 

Whare as thare is a Petition Exhibeted to his Excelency Jonathan 
Belcher Esq. Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his 
Majesties provinc of New Hampsher in New England and to j^ Hon bl ° 
Counsell and Genteimen of y e Hous of Representatives for s d province 
By Sundry of y" Inhabitants of y e Est part of y e Town of Kingstown 
and Sundry of y e Inhabitants of y e West part o( Hampton Falls parish 
to be set of a perticuliar Destrict or precenct with Preveliges and Lim- 
ets as in s' 1 petition is exprest, and your excellency y e Hon b!e Councell 
and Gentleman of y e Hous of Representatives in your grate wisdum 
Justes and Clemency has ordred y* v* parish of Hampton Falls and y 45 
toun of Kingstown shold be sarv'd with a copy of s d petition and to 



TOWN PAPERS— HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 357 

t appear y« secund Day of ■ y* next Fall session to shew Reasons if any 

they have why y* prayer of s d petition shold not be grunted for -which 
we of s d Hampton Falls are veary thankfull for your grate wisdom pru- 
denc and Justes in that affair, and we under writen deligates for s d 
Hampton Falls parish Leaveing our Neiburs at Kingston to spake for 
themselves shall with submission give y e following Reasons why y e 
prayer of s d petition shold not be granted : 

firstly — Becaus y* thare is but about twelve of y 6 petitioners y t be- 
longs to our parrish and sum of them joungmen and. has no Fammi- 
lies and sum Dwelt in the other parish in Hampton when s d petition 
was prefered and not above three or four families y l we know- of y c has 
Long Dwelt in y : part of our parish and for y* Reason cold not be for 
a Long time under Defeculties & Deprived of y« Despensation of y e 
Gospell and be in such a famishing condition as they say they have 
ben in. 

2 dl y Becaus Considering y e Grateness of y* number of y c Inhabitants 
y' Dwels in y* part of our parish petitioned for y' has not petitioned 
which we suppose to be about thirty and sum of them has dwelt 
Longer in y- part of s d parish than any of s d petitioners has and has 
larger families who are uterly avearce to s d petitioners procedings and 
Conduct in y* afair and for such a considerable number of our Inhabi- 
tents as afore s d to-be carried away against their wills we humbly con- 
seave to be a Intolerable hard ship and will Rither have a tendency to- 
caus Devisions and anamosities then to advance y e Glory of God, ice. 

3'y Said petitioners Desirs y* their Request may be Granted for y e 
Reasonablenes of it — But for such- a miner part as a fore said to En- 
deavour to Cary of such a Larg tract of Land from our parish as 
Exprestin s d petition, which is all most half our parish and y e Inhabi- 
tants with it against their wills we humbly conseave to be veary un- 
reasonable and absurd — And for these Reasons and many others y* 
might be given we Doubt not but your Excelency the Hon 1 Councell 
and Gentlemen of y e House of Representatives in your grate wisdura 
Justes and Clemency will se Reason sufficient not to grant s d petition- 
ers thair Request for which we of Hampton Falls shall Ever Remain 
veary thankfull. 

Nath 1 Healey 

ICHABOD RoBIE. 



Remonstrance against a neiv district. 

We the subscribers His Majestys most duty full & Loyall subjects, 
dweling within y l destrict or precinct petitioned for In y« East part of 
Kingstown & y e west part of Hampton — Do with Humble submis- 
sion declear ourselves positively against the thing as wrong & very 
hurtfull-to Church and common wealth supposing it to be hatched up 
by two or three disafected persons without our knowledge and consent 
& Humbly pray it may not be granted. 

Shadrach Ward Jonathan Tilton 

Benigman Bachelder Israel James 

Simon Batchelder Joseph Draper 

John Prescut James Fogg 

Robrd Row John Page 

Nathanel Prescut Thimothy Huchsien 

John Bachelder Edmund James 

Richard Sanborn Ebenezer Prescut 

Bemaman Cram Jonathan Rowe 

Wadley Cream ."•_".. William Cleves (?) 

Danel Kely James Prescut 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Philemon Blake 
Abraham Moulton 
James Sanbun 
David Sambun 
Shurbun Tilton 
John Tilton 
Stephn Hobbs 
Tristram Sanborn 
Nathanel French 
Joseph Eastman 
William Taylor 
Jeremiah Quinbe 
John Webster 
Andrew Webster 
Tho. Griffin 
Moses Sleper 
Eben Easman 
Samuel French 



Theofeolos Grifen 
Thomas Easman 
Dan 11 Rowell 
Moses Roueii 
Ralfe Blasell 
Thom s George 
Dan'i Blasdell 
Jona. Blasdell 
Theo Griffen Jr. 
John Carter 
Peter Sanborn 
Ben ma Magon 
Nath 1 Smyeth 
Ele Beede 
Philip Mqdey 
Joseph Louern 
Sam u Been, Jr 
John Sleepr 



Petit io?i of persons formerly of Massachusetts to be a?inexed 

to Ham f ton Falls. 
To his Excelency Bening Wintworth Esq. Governor and Com- 
mander in cheif In and over his Majesties Province of New 
Hampshire and the. Honorable the Counsel now setting in 
said Province. 

The Humble address and Petition of His Majesties Legal 
and deutifull Subjects whose names are hereunto Subscribed 
which did belong to the Esterly part of Salisbery but now by 
the Settlement of the Province Lines Fall into New Hamp- 
shire most Humbly sheweth that your petitioners are Informed 
that those which did belong to the westerly Part of Salisbury 
and some of Almsbery which by said Line falls into New 
Hampshire Intends to Petition that all those Persons that did 
belong to Salisbery and Almsbery & are now taken Into New 
Hampshire might be made in to a twown ship or Parish by 
themselves & not annexed to any other, and have Presumed 
so far as to set up a frame for A Meeting House in the West- 
erly Part which if it should be granted would be very Prege- 
ditial to your Petitioners who live most of us above six miles 
from said meeting house so y* those of us that frequent y f ' way 
of Worship Could not attend the worship of God with our 
wifes and families as we out to doo and for all other affairs 
belonging- to a town or Parish of all things that are notified at 
said meeting house we shall have no knowledge of them which 
may be greatly to our Damage and a great Dificulty & Troble 
to select men and Constables and all such affocirs. 

We Therefore Humbly Pray that we may not be joyned to 
them but may be Annexed to Hampton Falls or some other 



TOWN PAPERS — HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 359 



-way as in your wisdom you 
•ers as in duty bound shall ev 

Sam" Eaton 

Joseph Page 

Jabez Eaton 

Jacob French 

Ephraim Eaton 

John True 

Beniamin Baker 

John Paige 

Joseph Tucker 

Richard Smith 

Joseph Todd 

Thomas Selly 

David Fowler 

Trustrim Collins 



may think meet and your Petition- 
er Pray. 

Samuell Fowler 
Samuel Walton 
Jeremiah Wheeler 
Beniamin Hoyt 
James Jackman 
Elihu Dow 
John Eaton 
Noah Dow 
Beniamin Collins 
Bildad Dow 
Judah Dow 
Benony Selley 
Samuell Selly 
John Eaton, Jr 



JPetition of inhabitants of N. E. part of Hampton to be 
exempted from minister's tax. 

To His Excellency Bennin Wentworth Esq. Governor and 
Commander in Chief In and over his Majesties Provence of 
New Hampshire in New England and to the Hounorable 
the Councel and house of Representatives of said Province 



In General Assembly Convened — N 



ovemper \ 



* ie 



1743 



The Humble petition of us the Subscribers Most Humbly 
sheweth — that the houses and habitations of your petitioners 
are in the north eastly part of the town of Hampton at or 
near Littel Bores Head near Lettel River or near the Sea and 
that we live most as near upon a Line to the meeting house at the 
town as to that at North hill and that it is much easier for us to go 
to meeting at the town than to North Hill by reason of the 
Goodness of the way to the town and there not being any way 
for us to go to meeting at north hill nor ever like to be unless 
we travil much farther than to go to the meeting house at the 
town : 

Your petitioners Humbly pray that your Excellency and 
Honours would be pleased to take this petition into considera- 
tion and in your grate Goodness exempt us from paying to the 
support of the ministry at North hill and that we may still 
remain — and be taxed to the support of the ministry and the 
other Publick charges of the town as we used to be and your 
pititioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 

John Batchelder Mosies Lampre 

Thomas Hains Obadiah Marston 

Jeremiah Page Stephen Brown. 

In the House of Representatives 9 br , 25 th 1742 

The within Petition Read and considered & voted to be Dismissed 

James Jeifry Clr. Assrrt 



ST/t^-tv-'. 



360 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition of sundry per so?is to be annexed to Hampton Falls 
or other toivns. 

To his Excellency the Governer of New Hampshire &C' 

May itplese your Excellency : we namly John Paige-, Be n- 
jaimin Baker, John True & Jacob French are in that Petiton 
Prefer* d by those in the Easte Parte of that slip &c, and we 
Desire we may be anext to Hampton Falls We our hairs and 
estats ; and we 



Benjamin Brown 
Caleb Clough 
Amos Paige 
Nathaniel Masfield 
Abraham Brown 

desire to be annexed to 
tates* 

Feb. y e 18 th 1741. 



Epharaim Brown, Jr 
Benjamin Brown, Jr. 
Samuel French 
Jonathan Brown 
Samuel Brown jr 

Kinesinto' 5 — we our Hairs and Es- 



East part 

for 

Hampton Falls 



Jonathan Kimball 
Jonathan Watson 
Jonathan Farran 
Timothy Farran 
David Gooden 
Samuel Gooden 
Philip Chaloss • 
Beniamin Kimball 
Caleb Hobs 
Roger Estman 
William Sargent 
Nathaniel Ash 
George Marten 
Robert Marten 
Abraham Morrill 
David Marten 
Every looker 
OrlondoBagly 
David Bagly 



Benj Kimball 
Caleb Hobbs 
Roger Eestman 
PhilChaliss 
Sam 1 Gooding 



Jacob French 
John True 
Jonathan Hoit 
Benj a Baker 
Joseph Tucker 
John Page 

John Page ] in the petition" 

Benj* Baker for 'the 

Sam True East part at - 

Jacob French J Hampton Falls- 
Andrew Whittier 

Timothy Whitter 

Josiah Fowller 

Thomas Fowller 

David Elott 

Thomas Carter 

John Carter, ter° 

Wili w Fowller 

Thomas Carter 

William Fowller 

William Fowler jr 

John Carter Jr 

Joseph Fowler 

John Carter 

Jacob Carter 

Samuel Carter 

We desire to be anext to Kingstown 



(within the petition) 

Jon ft Farran 
Nath 1 Ash 
David Gooding 
Jon* Kimball — 9. 



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TOWNS' PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 



36l 






New Hampshire 



Petition of persons in Haverhill district not to be joined 
zuith Kingstown. 
Province of ) To his Excelency Benning Wintworth Esq. 
j Governor and Commander in Cheif In 
and over his Majisties Province of New 

Hampshire In New England and To the honorable his 

Majesties Councils of said province 

The petition of Jeremiah Eaton, John Kezar and others — 
The Subsciibers who live In Haverhill Destrict and on the 
Norwest side of the Washpond brook. 

Humbly shezveth : 

That sometime agoe your petitioners together with others to 
agreat number of Haverhill destrict and some of Amsbery 
Humbly requested your Excellency and honors to Incorporate 
thein into a town ship according to the meets and bounds de- 
fined in the petition 

And your Exelency and honours so far Incouraged us as to 
send a committee to view our situation and circumstances who 
accordingly haveing attended that Service made their report, 
But it so hapned that when our committee waited upon your 
Excelency and honours Expecting to receive a charter of In- 
corporation acording to the return of said Committee the 
sudden news of afrench fleet on the coasts so alarmed the 
Government that your Excelency and honers were obliged to 
imply all your thoughts and powers' for the defence of the 
province and Lay aside that afair with all other Business to a 
further day — That as we are informed the town of Kingstown 
who have been of late indeavering to Extirpate us from the 
Earth did on the 26 ' of September last set us of together with 
some few others who call themselves Kingstown men into a 
parish, 

Thereby further indeavouring to vex grieve hurt and Iniure 
us who had many of us much rather be lead into Captivity By 
some Christian nation than be Joynd with them who are our 
Greatest adversaries under a pretence that wee are part of 
Kingston when in fact wee and our anchestors have possesd 
our lands as part of Haverhill for more than one hundred 
years past, and since the settlement of the line have allways- 
been accounted Haverhill destrict men and paid rates accord- 
ingly- 

Wee therefore humbly and earnestly request your Exelency 
and Honers to compasenate our Surcumstances and not sutler 
us to be rent and torn to peices by our inveterate Kingston 
adversaries but will aford us releif by Joyning us with our 
Dear Christian friends relations and neibeurs of haverhill Des- 
trict according to our petition with them & as soon as may be 
Incorporated Into a township — That so wee may have the 



Notification of a Parish meeting to set off those who call 
themselves Presbyterians. 
Province of \ These are to notify the Freeholders and Inhabi- 
New Hamps J tants of the Parish of Hampton falls in said Province 
who are by Law Qualified for to Vote to meet at this 
meeting house on the i l day of Sep 1 next at one of the clock in the 
afternoon for the following Purpose viz 1 — Whereas a Number of Per- 
sons in said Parish have Lately Professed themselves of the Presbyte- 
rian Perswasion. and have apply'd to some ministers at Londonderry 
whom they call the Boston Presbytery Desiring to be under their care 
Representing that they apprehend themselves able and are freely will- 
ing to maintain a minister of the orthodox faith and that is united 
with said ministers in the Presbyterian Government and have made 
some objections to paying towards the support of the settled minister 
in said Parish — And altho there is no Just Reason that the above men- 
tioned Persons should in any Respect be excused except that it may 
Probably be most for the peace of said parish that the abovementioned 
Persons and their estates should be set off to act in all Respects as a 
Distinct Society or Parish by themselves, except paying their Propor- 
tion of the Province tax untill a new Proportion thereof — Therefore 
to see if the Parish will vote to set off the abovementioned Persons 
and their estates to be Incorporated if they think Proper to apply for 
it to act in all respects by themselves as a Distinct Society or Parish 
Except Paying their Proportion of the Province tax untill a new Pro- 
portion thereof, and to pay all other charges as usual untill they shall 
be set off as above mentioned — The Line of said New Parish to be 
fixed by a committee of the General Court with Liberty for such of 
the above mentioned Persons as shail not fall within said New Parish 
to Poll oil with their estates and belong thereto. And for any who shall 
fall within said New Parish who are not of the Presbyterian Perswa- 
sion to Poll off with their Estates and belong to the old Parish and 
for any who are not of the Presbyterian Perswasion who have or shall 
have Lands within said New Parish to Poll off said Lands to belong to 
the old Parish. 



362 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Gospel setled amongst us and for your Exelency and honours 
jour humble petitioners as In duty bound shall ever pray &c. 
Haverhill Destrict October 13 th 1746. 

David Heath Joseph Stevens | 

William Heath Michael Johnson 

Joseph Stevens, Jr Tho. Stevens 

Jeremiah Eatton William Easman 

John Kezar Daniel Robands 

Samuel Stevens John Mills 

David Stevens Daniel Johnson 

Benjamin Stevens John Atwood 

John Stevens Zachariah Johnson 

Nehemiah Stevens Joseph Little 

Wait Stevens John Chute 

Stephens Johnson. Jun r Daniel Little 

John -Muzzey Thomas Mills 

John Hunkins Phillip M'-Carrvgon 

John Johnson Beniamin Philbrick 

William Hancock James Mills. | 



rsfsjuprvejojepTr*' 



TOWN PAPERS — HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 363 

At a Leagei meeting of the Freeholders and inhabitants of the Par- 
ish of Hampton falls held the Second day of Sep' 7 1765 — Col Meshech 
Weare choosen Moderator for said Meeting 

Voted That the people caled Presbyterians in this parish be set off 
as a Distinct Parish by them selves according to the foregoing Notifi- 
cation for the above meeting. 

Hampton Falls December 31 st 1765 

Copy attested by Caleb Sanborn, 

Parish Clerk. 



Petition for a Presbyterian Society. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain General 

Governor and Commander in Cheif in and over his majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire &c — To the Honorable 

his Majesties Council and House of Representatives for 

said Province Convened in General Assembly — November 

21 st , 1765. • 

The petition of the subscribers, Free holders & Inhabitants 
of the Town of Hampton Falls in said Province — Humbly 
Shevveth. 

That about Two years ago The Rev Mr Pain Wingate in 
the congregational way & manner was settled in the work of 
the ministry in said Town, That the Religious sentiments of 
and Doctrines preached by the said Rev- Mr Wingate are very 
different from those of your Petitioners — and disagreable to 
them — That your Petitioners apprehended they could not be 
profited by the peaching and ministration of the s' 1 Rev' 1 Mr 
Wingate That the measures taken by the said Town in order 
to the settlement & support of the said Mr Wingate are as 
your Petitioners conceive unprecedented and Justly Grievous 
to them, and that therefore your Petitioners and many others 
Inhabitants of said Town (near one half thereof) constantly 
opposed his settlement there and dissented therefrom : 

That your Petitioners are conscientiously of the Presbyte- 
rian Perswasion respecting Church Government, Doctrine 
Discipline and Worship That they with others of their Breth- 
ren of that Perswasion have for sometime past been regularly 
formed into a church, built a meeting house in said Town for 
the publick Worship of God, Called and settled a minister in 
the Presbyterian way, namely The Rev Mr Samuel Perley : 
That your Petitioners conscientiously and constantly on the 
Lords days and at other times occasionally attend the publick 
worship of God there, according to their said Perswasion ; 
That the premises notwithstanding the select men of the said 
Town of Hampton Falls for the last year assesed and Rated 
your Petitioners for the support of the said Mr Wingate and 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



obliged them to pay the same, That the selectmen of said 
Town for the present year have again assessed & Rated your 
Petitioners for the same purpose, which your Petitioners ap- 
prehend to be a Grievous & unreasonable Burthen upon them 
— Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray your Excellency 
and Honours to take their case under your wise consideration 
And as they conceive themselves to be Intitled to his majesties 
Grace & Favour in allowing to all his subjects Liberty of Con- 
science — and that it is unreasonable for them to be compelled 
to pay towards the support of a minister they do not nor can- 
not hear and attend upon for the Reasons aforesaid When at 
the same time they are at the expence of maintaining publick 
worship among themselves in that way and -mode they think 
most agreable and nearest to the directions given in the Scrip- 
tures by the Great head of the Church, and where the True 
Doctrines of Grace & Salvation are preached according to 
their Opinion of those things : They pray your Excellency & 
Honours would grant them Relief in the premises by Exon- 
erating them their Families and Estates and all others within 
said Town of Hampton Falls who are of the same Perswasion 
and attend the publick worship of God with them from all 
ministerial Rates and Taxes m said Town (Excepting to their 
own minister) and by setting them off as a distinct Parish for 
ministerial affairs only,' and by enabling the said Presbyterian 
congregation to raise Si Levy on themselves such Taxes and 
assessments as they shall from time to time find necessary fof 
the support of the ministry and publick worship of God 
among themselves — or grant your Petitioners such other Re- 
lief as your Excellency and Honours in your wisdom shall see 
fit, And your petitioners as in Duty bound will ever pray &c. 
ftc. 



Thomas Leavirt 
Ebenezer Knowlton 
Richard Smith 
Jacob Smith 
Winthrop Gove 
John Chase Jr 
John True 
Abener True 
Joshua Page 
Joseph Page 
Abel Page 
Thomas True 
Joshua Page, Jr 
Benjamin Eaton 
John Eaten 
Thomas Eaten 
Wimon Eaten 
Joseph Norten 
Joseph Eaton 
John Selley 



Samuel Selley 
David Eaton 
Samuel Eaton 
Natlv Sinkler 
David Knoulton 
Eliphe Merrill 
Thomas Brown 
Nathan Gove 
Enoch Gove 
Sam' Philbrick 
Jonathan Swett 
William French 
Jacob French 
Jonathan Weare 
Isaac Brown 
John Kenney 
Elisha Brown 
Jonathan Walton 
Job Haskell 
Enoch Boid 




TOWN PAPERS — HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 365 

Samuel Felch Daniel Chase 

Joseph Falch Thomas Selly 

£ Henry Roby John Eaton, Jr 

John Chas Jonathan Hoyt 

Abel Daves Elezer Gove 

Simon Clough Paul Grinelf 

John Robei Jonathan Chase, Jr 

John Hunt Beniamin Leavit 

Province of New Hamp r November 27 th 1765 

The foregoing Petition read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon 15 '* 
•Assembly 

T. Atkinson, Jr Secry 



NwHam ^ } In the house of Representatives Nov r 27 th 1765. 

"The annexed Petition being Read and considered, 

Voted, That the Petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the 
siting of the General Assembly after the first day of January next, and 
that the Petitioners at their own cost serve the selectmen of" Hampton 
falls with a copy of the Petition and order of Court that they may ap- 
pear and shew cause if any they have why the Prayer thereof should 
not be granted. 

M Weare, Clr. 
Jn Council Nov 28 th 1765 

.Read & concurrd. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secry. 

N™am° ff } In the Houseof Representatives July 2' 1 1766. 

The foregoing Petition being taken under Consideration and the 
Parties heard thereon ; 

Voted, That the Petitioners have liberty to Bring in a Bill for them 
and their Estates to be set off from the Parish of Hampton falls to act 
in all Respects as a distinct Society -or Parish by themselves Except 
paying their Proportion of the Province tax untill a new Proportion 
thereof. The line of said New Parish to be fixed by a committee of the 
General Court with liberty for such of the Petitioners as shall not fall 
within said new Parish to Poll of with their Estates and Belong thereto 
and for any who shall fall within said new Parish who are not of the 
Presbiterian Perswasion to Poll off with their Estates and belong to 
the old Parish, and for any who are not of the Presbyterian Perswa- 
sion who have or shall have Lands within said New Parish to Poll off 
said lands to belong to the old Parish agreeable to the Purport of a 
Vote of the Parish of Hampton falls the Second dav of Sep r 1765. 

M. Weare, Clr. 



Ne^Hamt'} 111 the House ° f Re P resentatives J ul 7 9 th I 7 66 - 

Upon a motion of the Petitioners for some alteration in the forego- 
ing vote 

Voted, That it be understood that any non Residents who have or 
shall have Lands in either Parish shall have liberty to Poll off their 
said Land to that Parish which thev shall choose. 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Eod ra Die 
Read & Concurr'd. 

T Atkinson Jr. Secry. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition in answer to the foregoing Petition. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain General 

Governour and Commander in Chief In and Over his Majes- 

tys Province of New Hampshire, The Honour 1 e his Majes- 

tys Councill and House of Representatives in General Court 

Assembled. 

Jany I st 1766. -.,.._. 

We the Subscribers, Chosen by the Parish of Hampton 
falls a Committee on their behalf, to make answer to a Peti- 
tion Exhibited to the General Assembly Nov r 21 st 1765 By a 
Number of Freeholders and Inhabitants of s d Parish Praying 
to be Excused from Paying to the Support of the Rev d M r 
Paine Wingate Setled in the work of the ministry in said 
Parish &c. 

Beg Leave Humbly to Represent to your Excellency and 
Honors That the Reasons assigned by said Petitioners are such 
as ought by no means to Prevail for their being Exempted in 
the manner They pray for. And this we trust will clearly ap- 
pear from a true state of facts Relative to these affairs 

We would therefore Inform your Excellency & Honors That 
Mr Wingate Having Preached in the Parish for some months 
before Mr Baileys Death and Afterwards to the General Satis- 
faction of the People The Parish with the Advise of the Neigh- 
boring ministers Proceeded to give him a call to Settle in the 
work of the ministry there, which call was unanimous by the 
Church, and General by the Parish, net more than three or four 
Persons opposing his Settlement. But the terms of Settlement 
not being agreed on he gave a Negative answer After which 
the Parish heard some others on Probation and gave MrMicah 
Lawrence a call to settle, which we mention because it has- 
been Represented as if the Parish were unreasonably set for 
Mr Wingate's settlement and no other person. But the same 
persons who opposed Mr Wingate's settlement opposed the 
settlement of Mr Lawrence ; which made the Generality of 
People think their opposition was more from a disposition to 
make Difficulty in the Parish than from any Reasonable objec- 
tion they had against Either of the Persons. But Mr. Law- 
rence also gave a Negative answer on accompt of terms of set- 
tlement. Whereupon the People in General Signified their 
Desire to Renew their Call to Mr Wingate, and agreed to get 
him to Preach for four Sabbaths, if he could be Procured. It 
is true this was opposed by those who had all along opposed 
his settlement, but this was then but three or four Persons Mr 
Wingate was accordingly Procured for four Sabbaths; after 
which a meeting was called. Notice being Up two Sabbaths 
as usual, to see if the Parish would Renew their Call to Mr 
Wingate to settle which we mention, because it has been Rep- 



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resented as if there had been some unfair Proceedings as to 
this meeting, tho' in what Particulars we could never find. 
At this meeting there was again a general Vote of the Parish 
to Renew their call to Mr Wingate. not more than six or seven 
Voting against it, and he had also again a unanimous Vote 
of the Church at the Same meeting also were voted terms of 
settlement which being five Pounds Sterling more than had 
been Voted before there were more Persons against the terms 
of settlement than against the call, tho' we think not more than 
ten or twelve at that time.. But after wards many of these Pe- 
titioners spoke of it as an Extravagant sum (the sum is 55 £ 
Sterling in the whole besides the Personage) and made this 
the Ground of uneasiness, and of stirring up Persons against 
Mr Wingates Settlement Representing that it was too much for 
such a Poor Parish to Pay, and if that w r ere taken off they 
would be Easy ; this was their General talk and the whole 
Ground of complaint then made. With what Propriety they 
Desire to take off (as they say) near one half and to maintain 
another minister when but a year or two ago the whole Parish 
were not able to pay fifty five pounds Sterling yearly, we must 
leave to themselves to Explain. The truth is the whole Parish 
is not more than sufficient to support one minister Properly, 
Tho' we think there was no Reason to find fault with what was 
Voted Mr Wingate ; Thus matters Rested for some time and 
it was Generally tho't that the uneasiness which had arose on 
accompt of the Salary would subside. But sometime after 
some of those Persons who had all along opposed our Settle- 
ment went about, and in a very Private manner Procured a 
Number of Persons to Sign a Paper to Signify to Mr. Win- 
gate that there was a great Number of Persons in the Parish 
against his settlement, in order to Discourage him from acept- 
ing, which being accidentally heard of by one or two Persons 
who were for Mr Wingates settlement, and of the time when 
they Designed to carry the same to Mr Wingate it was tho't 
Proper that some Persons should go and meet them at Mr. Win- 
gates to Know what Objections there were, and Endeavor to 
clear up any Difficulties that might be made, accordingly three 
or four Persons went and met the Persons who had been Pro- 
curing Signers, and informing them of what they heard 
Desired to Know who were uneasy and what their Objections 
were, that they might clear up the Matters if they could. But 
they Reply'd that what they had to Say was to M r Wingate 
they had nothing to say to any Body Else, and after the other 
Persons were with drawn they Delivered a Paper to Mr Win- 
gate Signed by a considerable Number of Persons Signifying" 
that they were against his setling, without assigning the Least 
Reason, and when they were asked the Reasons Declined giv- 



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ing anv which not appearing to Mr Wingate (after Enquiring 
into all circumstances) to have Equal weight with the unani- 
mous Vote of the Church and Clear Vote of the Parish at a 
Legal meeting he accepted of the call. After this another 
Paper was carried about to be signed to Request the selectmen 
to call a meeting ;, to see if the freeholders Inhabitants of 
Hampton falls will Vote that all the Votes has been Past Re- 
lating to Mr Wingate call in the Work of the ministry Salary 
and support m this Parish of Hampton falls be Repealed and 
absolutely Revoked and made void &c." Which being De- 
livered to the select men they Denied calling a meeting, look- 
ing upon it altogether as Improper after matters had been fairly 
and clearly determined at fair and Legal meetings to call a 
meeting to Revoke the same as it would be after a minister had 
been setled Ever so Long to have a meeting to Revoke all that 
had ever been done. The absurdity and Impropriety of which 
they tho't must be quite Evident, with several other Reasons 
which they gave the Petitioners in writing in answer to their 
Request, in hopes to satisfy them that their Request was un- 
reasonable, However it had not this Effect But they Proceeded 
to get a meeting called by two Justices at which meeting they 
voted ail the Proceedings Relating to Mr. Wingates settlement 
to be Null and Void. But not trusting to this when the coun- 
cell was convened a Committee of the above Persons appeared 
& Objected to Mr Wingates being Ordained ; But never made 
the Least Objection against his Doctrine, life or Conversation 
but on the Contrary, being asked by the Councill whether they 
had any Objections of this sort, said they had not neither did 
they make the Least Suggestion that they were of a Different 
Perswasion. 

We hope your Excellency and Honors will Excuse this so 
long a Rehearsal of the Transaction of said Parish Relative to 
these affairs as all the Objections hitherto made were against 
the Proceedings of the Parish as Illegal and unfair — for that of 
being Presbyterians had not yet come into their minds and 
these Objections as in the Present Petition couched in General 
terms without assigning a single Instance Wherein they were 
unprecedented or justly Grievous which made it necessary for 
to give a Particular accompt of the whole Proceedings that the 
Instance wherein we have failed, may be Pointed Out, for we 
never yet could tell wherein it was. From this state of facts 
we apprehend it will appear clear to your Excellency and 
Honours that the transactions of said Parish Relative to Mr 
Wingate's settlement have been Regular and agreeable to the 
Law and Practise in such cases That his call to settlement, 
was as clear and Indisputable as Generally can be Expected 
and that those who afterwards were Drawn in-to oppose it had 



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no just cause for so doing. That at the time when Mr. Win- 
gate was ordained, none of these Petitioners had the least tho't 
of being of a different Perswasion, for if they had it must be 
supposed they would have made that one objection before the 
CouncSll. We are therefore fully Perswaded that they will 
appear wholly Inexcusable in Representing as they do in their 
Petition as if Mr Wingates Religious Sentiments, and the 
Doctrines Preached by him were the ground of their uneasi- 
ness, the contrary to which they themselves declared before the 
Councill. Moreover from, the best Information we can get one 
Quarter part at least of these Petitioners, never heard Mr 
Wingate Preach in their lives and many others of them not 
more than once or twice and not one in twenty of them ever 
had the least conversation with him to Know any thing of his 
Religious Sentiments, And they have put down the Name of 
one at Least in their Petition who his own father has Repre- 
sented as an Idiot so wanting of understanding that he ought 
not to be taxed for his head and he has been accordingly omit- 
ted and many of the Other Petitioners do not own one Inch of 
Real Estate in the Parish. How fair these things are we leave 
to be Judged, and of the like sort is their assertion that near 
one half of the Inhabitants of said Parish Constantly opposed 
Mr Wingates settlement and dissented therefrom, the Contrary 
to which is Evident from the foregoing state of facts. 

That these Petitioners as well as we are In-titled to his Majes- 
tys Grace and favour we have not the least doubt — and this we 
look upon to be so great a Priviledge and favour, that it ought 
never to be made use of to serve wrong Purposes, and here we 
beg leave only to Remark", that if any number of Persons 
without any the least pretence of being of a Different Per- 
swasion or any the least Objection to the settled minister as to 
his Doctrine, Life, or Conversation (which was the fact here) 
may at any time Seperate and set up as a Distinct Society by 
themselves, without any Countenance from authority, and 
whether those they Seperate from Remain able to support the 
minister or not (whatever Denomination such may please to 
assume afterwards) there evidently Can be no Certain support 
for the Ministry at all, which is very far from being the Design 
of the Act of Toleration, And plainly tends to Destroy Relig- 
ion of all Denominations. 

That these Petitioners have the true Doctrines of Grace and 
Salvation preached to them according to their sense of these 
things we have nothing to say to, and that they are so Preached 
by Mr Wingate Even these Petitioners themselves after all 
their Endeavors, could never find the least Objection to make 
to the Contrary, so that the Inuendo's and suggestions against 
Mr Wingate's Preaching are put in as we conceive for no other 

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Reason than that they tho't it necessary in Order to their hav- 
ing any Colour for what they Ask, that there should have been 
in Reality what they without the least foundation Suggest. 
Such methods we think quite needless in a Good cause and they 
will we trust be quite unavailable in any Other. Wherefore 
we Humbly Pray, not only on behalf of the Parish of Hamp- 
ton fails But of all Religious Societys in General that the Peti- 
tion may be Dismissed. For we think that Encouraging Per- 
sons in Methods such as these Petitioners have Practised will 
have a direct tendancy to Destroy Religious Societys of every 
Denomination. 

But if it shall Appear Otherwise to your Excellency and 
Honors, we Humbly Pray that they may be made a Distinct 
Parish to act in all Respects by themselves, we being fully con- 
vinced from what we have already Experienced how great will 
be the Difficulties of being Connected in Civil matters while 
there is a Seperation as to Others. For which Reason the 
Parish were willing Notwithstanding the unreasonableness of 
all their Proceedings that they should go off as a Distinct 
Parish and their not accepting of this we think Shews their 
Disposition more to keep the Parish in Difficulties, than that 
Religious Principles are the foundation of their Proceedings. 

MeSHECH WE A RE 

Richard Nason 
Jonathan Til ton- 
Caleb Sanborn 
Nathaniel Gove 



Abner Sanborn Jr J 



] 

} Committee, 
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1767 



Petition for a Presbyterian Society renezved — {with slight 
alterations) . 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain Gen- 
eral Governor and Commander in Chief in and over 
his Majesties Province of New Hampshire, To His 
Honorable his Majesties Council and House of Rep- 
sentatives for said Province Convened in General As- 
sembly July 3 1 1767. 
The Petition of the Subscribers Freeholders and Inhabitants 
of the Town of Hampton falls in said Province, Humbly 
Sheweth. 

That about three years ago the Rev 4 Mr Pain Wingate in 
the Congregational way and manner was settled in the work of 
the ministry in said town ; 

That the Doctrines Preached by the said Rev u Mr Pain Win- 
gate are very different from those of your petitioners and dis- 



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agreeable to them. - That your Petitioners apprehended they 
could not be Profited by the Preaching and ministration of the 
said Rev ' Mr Wingate. That the measures taken by the said 
Town in order to the Settlement and support of the said Mr 
Wingate are as your Petitioners Conceive unprecedented and 
Justly Grievous to them, and that Therefore your petitioners 
and many others (near one half thereof) constantly opposed 
his Settlement there and Dissented therefrom. That your Pe- 
titioners are Conscientiously of the Presbyterian Perswation 
Respecting Church Government, Doctrin Discipline and Wor- 
ship That thay.with others of their Breathren of that said per- 
swation have for some time Past Been Regularly formed into 
a church built a meeting House in said Town for the Public 
Worship of God, Called and settled a minister in the Presby- 
terian way Namely the Rev' 1 Mr Samuel Perley. That your 
Petitioners Conscientiously and Constantly on the Lords day 
and at other times occationally attend the Publick Worship of 
God there according to their said Perswasion — That the 
Premises Notwithstanding the select men of the town of Hamp- 
ton falls for two years Past have Rated your Petitioners for the 
support of the said Mr Wingate, which some of your Petition- 
er^ have been Imprisoned therefor, which your Petitioners 
apprehend to be a Greivious and unreasonable Burthan upon 
them. Therefore your Petitioners Humbly Pray your Excel- 
lency and Honors to take their case under your wise consider- 
ation, and as they Conceive themselves to be Intitled to his 
Majestys Grace and Faviour in allowing to all his subjects Lib- 
erty of Conscience and that it is unreasonable for them to be 
Compelled to Pay towards the support of a minister whom 
they do not hear and attend upon for the Reasons aforesaid 
when at the same time they are at the Expence of maintaining 
Publick Worship amonge themselves : Thay pray your Ex- 
cellency and Honors would Grant them Relief in the Prem- 
ises by Exonerating them their families and Estates and all 
other within said town of Hampton falls who are of the same 
perswasion and attend the Publick Worship with them from all 
ministerial Rates and taxes in said town Excepting to their own 
minister and setting them off as a distinck Parish for ministe- 
rial affairs only and enabling the said Presbyterian Congregation 
to Raise and Levy upon themselves such taxes and assessments 
as they shall from time to time Find necessary for the support 
of the ministry and Publick Worship of God amonge tham 
selves : and as in duty bound shall ever pray &c &c. 
Ebenezer Knowlton Abel Davis 

Henry Robie Joseph Norten 

Richard Smith Winthrop Gove 

Jacob Smith . John Eaton Jr 

Samuel Selley Job Haskell 



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John Chase Jr 
Benjamin Eaton 
Enoch Gove 
Samuel Pearkins 
Wiraon Eaton 
Thomas Seley 
John Seley 
Thomas Eaton 
Jonathan Weare 
Joseph Page 
Thomas True 
David Knowlton 
Elisha Brown 
Jonathan Chase, 
Thomas Brown 
Joseph Chase 
Joshua Page 
Abel Page 
John Eaton 
Province of New Hampshire. 
In Council Septem r 2 2 d 1767. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon* 
' " T. Atkinson Jr Secry. 

Province of New Hampshire { In 2 ^ e i7 ^ U5e of Re P resentatives Se P tr 

Upon Reading the foregoing Petition Voted that the Petition 1 " 3 be 
heard on the said Petition on the third Day of the sitting of the 
General Assembly after the first Day of November next Sz that they 
serve the select men of Hampton falls with a Copy of said Petition & 
the order of the assembly thereon within fourteen days from this time. 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council, Eodem Die 
Read & Concurred. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secry. 
Province of New Hamps r 

In the House of Representatives Feb r - V 12 th 1768. 
The within Petition being Considered, Voted that it bedismiss'd Re- 
serving to the Petitioners Liberty to Bring in a Bill as heretofore 
Granted to be set off as a Distinct Parish in all Respects. 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Feby i8 l " 1768. 
Read & concurrd 

Geo. King, Depy Secry. 



Jonathan Hoyt 
John True 
Jacob Freanch 
Simon Clough 
Abner True 
Jonathan Walton 
Ebenezer Gove 
Samuel Eaton 
Elisha Merrill 
Samuel Felch 
Joseph Falch 
William French 
Paul Greenleaf 
Sam l! Philbrick 
John Chase 
Isaac Brown 
Benjamin Leavitt 
Nathan Gove. 



Assembly. 



An Act for dividing Hampton Falls into tivo Parishes. 

Anno regni Regis Georgii tertii Magnoe Brittanis, Francise et Hiber- 

niae Octavo. 

An act for dividing the town of Hampton Falls into two distinct 
Parishes. 

Whereas a number of tine Inhabitants of the Town of Hampton 
Falls have petitioned to be sett 01 into a distinct & New Parish for 
reasons in their said Petition set forth and approved of. 

Be it enacted by his Excellency the Governor Council & Representa- 
tives in General Assembly Convened and by the authority of the same 
it is herebv enacted 



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That on or before the day of next the aforesaid Town of 

Hampton Falls shall be divided into two Parishes, each of which shall 
enjoy all and every Priviledges common to other Parishes, distinct and 
seperate from each other, under the following Exceptions and Restric- 
tions vizt. A Divisional Line shall be drawn & setled by a committee 
of the General Court for that Purpose and all such of the Inhabitants 
who are of the Presbyterian Perswasion whose Estates shall not fall 
within the new Parish shall be poll'd oiTand belong thereto, and any of 
the Congregational Inhabitants whose Estates shall fall within the New 
Parish shall be poll'd off with their Estates and belong to the old Par- 
ish, and the Estates of all nonresident Proprietors that shall fall within 
the New Parish shall be assessed for all Parish Taxes (excepting min- 
isterial) by the said New Parish. 



Report of a Committee to fix the line between the said two 

Parishes. 

% Province of ) We the Subscribers being appointed by a vote of 
New Hampshire j the General assembly to fix a Line in the Town of 
Hampton falls in order to The southern Part There- 
of Being Erected into a Distinct Parish accordingly we have viewed 
the Premises Heard the Parties & c and agree to Report that a Line Be- 
gining on Kensington Line near Joseph Browns Dwelling house at a 
Road called Horsehill Road and Following said road Down to a Bridge 
Below Weare mill then easterly on the North Line of Elisha Browns 
Land to the North East corner Thereof by the Quaker Parsonage (so 
called) Then following the Road that leads by Henry Threshers house 
to the country road. Then following the Line Between Land of Abra- 
ham Dow and Ralph Butler and Isaac Brown and between Said Dow 
& Meshech Weare Esq. to the south East corner of said Weare's marsh 
at Browns River (so called) then following said River to the western 
End of the parsonage Island (so called) then Round on the southern 
and Eastern Sides of said Island to the afors' 1 River and to the mouth 
thereof, shall be. the Dividing Line between the two Parishes. 
Hampton Falls April 27 th 1768. 

John Giddinge ] 

Josiah Bartlett Y Comittee 

Ebenezer Thompson J 

New Ha - r ( ^ n tne ^ ouse °*" Representatives May 24 th 1768. 
The within Report being Read and no objection made 
Voted, That the Report be accepted and that the Petitioners may 
bring in a bill agreeable thereto 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council May 24, 1768 
Read & concurr'd. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secry. 



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Petition of tke Parish of Hampton Falls in relation to 
delinquent tax-payers. 

Province of ~\ To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. 

New Hampshire v Capt. Gen 1 Governor & Commander in 

Rockingham ss } cheif in & over said Province, The 

Hon He his Majestys Council & House of 

Representatives in general Assembly conven 7 d May, 1772. 

The Petition of us the subscribers a committee in behalf of 
the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Parish of Hampton 
Falls in said County Humbly sheweth. that the selectmen for 
the year 1770 of the said Parish assessed the Inhabitants & 
Freeholders of the same in the sum of fifty five Pounds ster- 
ling money for their ministers salary and afterwards at a Legal 
meeting of the Freeholders & Inhabitants of the same Parish 
it was, among other things Voted that the selectmen for the 
year 1770 should be Directed not to make any tax or assess- 
ment on the Polls or estates in s ' Parish for the support of 
their minister (the Rev 1 Mr Wingate) for that year and after- 
wards at another meeting of the same Freeholders and inhab- 
itants the said Vote was Ratified and confirmed in consequence 
of which the selectmen aforesaid did not proceed to issue their 



warrant to the Constable of said 



Impovveriu"- him to 



collect the taxes as they had before assess'd them but neglected 
by which means none of the Taxes asses' d aforesaid were 
that year collected — And your Petitioners in behalf of s ! Par- 
ish of Hampton falls further shew that the Inhabitants & Free- 
holders of the same Parish at their Legal meeting the follow- 
ing year (viz the year 1 771) Passed a vote Impowering and 
ordering the selectmen for that year to issue their Warant to 
the Constable authorizing him to collect the Taxes for the pre- 
ceding year as they were assessed by the then selectmen for 
said Parish for the purpose of paying their s l ministers salary. 
They also Voted & appointed us a Committee to give security 
to the said Rev d Mr Wingate for the Payment of the Salary 
before mentioned on or before the first Day of March then next 
together with one years interest for the same & if not Paid at 
that time to be upon interest untill Paid. Consequent upon 
which last Vote, your Petitioners gave the Rev d Mr Wingate 
their Bond for Fifty five Pounds sterling for the Salary Due to 
him for the year 1770 and the selectmen for 1771 issued their 
Warrant Directly to the Constable impowering him to collect 
the Taxes for the preceding year of Parishioners as before as- 
sessed agreeable to said Vote, but afterwards Doubting the 
Propriety & Regularity of the Vote impowering the selectmen 
for one year to Rectify the mistakes and negligences of the 
select men for a preceding year said selectmen forbid the Con- 
stable Distraining upon any for said Tax (at lest for a time) 



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but still Requiring him to Collect the same as near as Pos- 
sible without Destraint which accordingly he has clone and has 
collected the major part thereof, viz : about three fourths — and 
we further shew that since the assessment of said tax which 
was in 1770, many of the Parishioners have withdrawn from 
said Parish & joyned themselves to the Presbyterian Society in 
Seabrook & Elsewhere whereby to Exempt themselves from 
ministerial Charges in said Parish which withdrawment was 
in 1771 before making of the assessments for that year therefore 
looking upon themselves clear of being taxed to any ministe- 
rial charges either for the present year or the arrearages for the 
year preceding and the selectmen authority to impower the 
Constable to collect said arrearages according to said Vote, 
being frequently Disputed, whereupon those thus withdrawn 
as aforesaid Refused to pay their proportion of said arrearages 
(altho not Denying it justly Due) unless upon certain condi- 
tions by themselves proposed upon which they would Readily 
Pay the same without Difficulty altho they could not be com- 
pelled to do it which conditions were complyed with by the 
selectmen to whom they were bv themselves proposed where- 
upon the major part of said arrearages was immediately Paid 
without Objection & continuing to be collecting until! after a 
while one & another of those who were in the agreement as 
aforesaid objects & Refuses to Pay & the number increasing 
Whereupon others who before had nothing to object against 
paying their proportion of the same have also Refused & still 
Refuse untill all shall be compelled to do likewise. The names 
of those who have not paid their Proportion of said ministers 
Salary for 1770 are as follows, viz. 



Ralph Butler 
Philip Burns 
Christopher Blake 
Richard Brown 
Abraham Burnam 
Joshua Chase 
John Davis 
Joel Haskiel 
Zebulon Hilyard 
Simeon Hilyard 
Benj' 1 Hilyard 
William Lang 
Stephen Lang 
John Lucy 
Amos Leavit 
Francis Mershall 
Richard Mace 



Richard Nason, Esq 
Jonathan Nason 
Joseph Pervere 
Lieut Sam Prescutt 
Samuel Robie 
Nathan Rowe 
Jonathan Stanyan 
Enoch Sanborn 
Malichi Shaw- 
Dudley Sanborn 
Capt Caleb Sanborn 
Jonathan Tilton, Jr 
Nathan Weare 
Capt Walter Williams 
Col Meshech Weare 
Chase Williams 
Melcher Ward, 



Josiah Moulton 
(which were then Inhabitants in said Parish of Hampton falls those who 
were not inhabitants having some Interest in said Parish are as follows 
viz.) 

Thomas Rand Coi Jonathan Moulton 






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Christopher Toppan Esq 
Theo's Smith Esq 
Joseph Sweesey 
Ebenezer Barker 
Jeremiah Prescut 
Wid' Elizabeth Blake 



Francis Batchelder 
Edward Sleeper 
Samuel Colkett 
Edward Tuck 
Jesse Tuck 
Benjamin Brown 

Wherefore your Petitioners in behalf of said Parish Humbly 
pray that your Excellency & Honours would take the Premises 
into your serious Consideration and as it would be very hard 
as well as inequitable that the whole burthen of Taxes should 
fall only on a part of. the Parish when all have been equally 
Benifited & your Petitioners Doubting the Propriety & Regu- 
larity' of the Vote as aforesaid & their own ability to compel 
the Delinquents to a compliance therewith, your Petitioners 
Humbly beg that your Excellency & Honors would order the 
said Delinquents to pay the several sums they are Respectfully- 
assessed for the said year 1770, & your Petitioners as in Duty- 
bound will ever pray. 

Hampton falls May 29 th 1772. 

Jeremiah Blake 
William Davison: 
Jeremiah Lane 
David Bach elder 
Jonathan Bur nam 



Petition of Selectmen of Hampton Falls for leave to make 

a rate, &c. 
Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq 
New Hampshire j Governor in Chief in & over said Prov- 
ince, The Honourable the Council & 
House of Representatives in General 
Assembly convened. 
The Humble Petition of Benjamin Tilto'n, William Davison 
and Nehemiah Cram Selectmen of Hampton falls in the 
County of Rockingham & Province aforesaid, Sheweth, that 
on the 22 li Day of May last in the thirteenth year of hisMajes- 
tys Reign, your Excellency & Honors past an actintitled, "An 
act for dissolving the annual meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
Parish of Hampton falls and authorizing the holding a new 
meeting," and in &, by the same act (among other things) the 
said annual meeting is declared illegal & the Proceedings 
thereof wholly made null and void, and a new meeting of said 
Inhabitants for transacting the annual Business of said Parish 
ordered, and the Honorable John Phillips Esq. a member of 
said house appointed to call and govern said last mentioned 
meeting till the Business thereof be ended. 



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By Virtue of which said act a new meeting was called and 
held at said Hampton falls on the 28 th of June last at which 
your Petitioners were duly chosen select men of said Hampton 
falls and legally sworn to Execute that office, but your Peti- 
tioners were chosen into that office after the time by Law fixed 
for taking the invoice for the current year was expired and no- 
Power being given your Petitioners after their Election to take 
an Invoice they have hitherto been prevented from making any 
Rates in said Hampton falls and must still be so without the 
Interposition of the Legislative authority of your Excellency 
& Honors in that Behalf. And whereas the selectmen chosen 
at said annual meeting took part, and other persons appointed 
by order of said house took the rest of the invoice for said 
Hampton falls for the year 1773 the whole of which Invoice 
so taken was Exhibited to the General Assembly for said 
Province for the Purpose of assessing the Inhabitants of said 
Hampton falls their proportion of the Province Tax : 

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray that they as select- 
men afore's' 1 may be authorized to assess & Rate the Inhab- 
itants of said Hampton falls according to the Invoice so taken 
& Exhibited to your Excellency & Honours, and that the same 
Invoice may be made good, as if the same had been seasonably 
& properly taken or that your Petitioners may be impowered 
to take a new invoice and to make the Rates in s' 1 Hampton 
falls agreeable thereto, and your petitioners as in Duty bound: 
will ever pray &c 

December 24 th 1773. 

Benj !1 Tilton 
William Davison 
Nehemiah Cram. 



Province of V In the House of Representatives Jan-' 19, 1774, this pe- 
New Hampsh j tition was read & Voted that the petitioners proceed 
by the old Inventory as soon as may be, and thatthey 
have leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly 

Wm Parker, Cler. 
In Council Eodem Die, 
Read and Concurrd. 

Geo. King, D. Secry. 



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HILLSBOROUGH. 

[A settlement was begun in this town in 1741, by James McCalley, 
Samuel Gibson, and others; but was broken up in 1744. It was re- 
sumed not far from 1759; and incorporated by charter, Nov. 14, 1772. 
Ed.] 



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HANOVER. 

[Hanover was granted by charter July 4, 1761, to eleven persons of 
the name of Freeman, and 52 others, principally from Connecticut. 
The first settlement was made in May, 1765. Ed.] 

Petitio?i of John House about Islands in Connecticut river. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Captain General, 

Governor and Commander in Chief in and Over his Majes- 

tys Province of New Hampshire in Council 

The Petition of John House of Hanover in the Province 
aforesaid, Gentleman, unto your Excellency & the Hon ble 
Council Humbly shews 

That your Petitioner was one of the first settlers of said 
Township with great fatigue and Expence, and has continued 
to improve his Interest there to this Time, That he purchased 
of James Hovey two certain Islands in Connecticut River at 
an expence of twenty Pounds Lawfull money, which Islands 
lies opposite to said Township and contains together about 
twelve acres and have always been improved by said Hovey 
and your Petitioner on a Presumption that they belonged to 
said Township k. said Hovey claimed them in his Rigiit of 
Proprietorship k. Prior occupancy, your Petitioner has been 
since informed that all Islands in said River not Expressly 
mentioned in Town grants still remain the Property of his 
Majesty and for the considerations aforementioned, He hum- 
bly hopes to obtain y" Excellencys and Honours Favours to 
him, in continuing him in his Possessions & Improvements of 
said Islands & to grant him the Property of the same, or oth- 
erways to relieve him on the Prayer of "this his Petition as y r 
Excellency and Honours may Judge best, And your Petition- 
ers as in Duty bound shall ever pray. 

John House. 

Portsnr' December 29 th 1770. 



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379 



Petitiofi in relation to roads in Society lands. 

Province of \ To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. 
New Hampshire j Captain General, Governor & Command- 
er in chief in and over said Province The 

Hon l,!e his Majestys Council and the Hon bl '~ the House of 

Representatives for said Province in General Assembly to 

be convened at Portsmouth in said Province on the 20 Day 

of march next. 

The petition of Divers of the Inhabitants of Hillsborough 
in said Province Humbly sheweth that the Inhabitants of said 
Hillsborough were obliged to cut and clear a road through a 
Tract of Land calTd the Socretys Land near eight miles in 
Length which Road we have maintained on our own Cost 
near seven years being the only way we could come to our 
own Lands which road has cost us a great sum of money and 
for two years past we have been obliged to pay province 
Taxes — Wherefore we Humbly pray your Excellency and 
Honours would please to make an act to oblige the proprietors 
& owners of said Societys Land to maintain and keep' said 
Road in repair for the benefit of themselves the Inhabitants of 
said Hillsborough & Inhabitants of the country around us, 
your petitioners in duty Bound will ever pray. 

Hillsborough Feby. i^' Al 1770. 
Samuel Bradford 



Timothy Bradford 
Henry Codd 
Anthony Morin 
Samuel Bradford 
Peter Codd 
John M"Calley 
James Gibson 
John Gibson 
Josiah Cplledge 
William Pope 
Moses Steel 
Jonathan Durent 
Daniel M : Murphy 
Timothy Wilkins- 



Samuel Bradford, Jr 
William Williams 
Isaac Andrews 
John Mead 
Abijah Lovejoy 
Benjamin Lovejoy 
Benjamin Lovejoy, Jr. 
Isaac Baldwin 
Nathan Taylor 
James Taggart 
Archibald Taggart 
Joshua Estey 
William Taggart Jr 
Robert Taggart 
John Taggart. 



Nehemyer W r ilkins 
In Council March 28 th 1770 

The within Petition was read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon bU 
Assembly. 

Geo : King, D. Secry 
Province of" ^ 
New Hamos' f * n ^ e ^ ouse °^ Representatives March 28 th 1770. 

Voted, That the Petitioners be heard on their Petition on the third 
day of the siting of the General Assembly after the first day of May 
next and that they cause the Substance of'their Petition and this Order 
of Court to be Published two weeks successively in the New Hamp- 
shire Gazett that any person may shew cause why the Prayer thereof 
should not be granted. 

M. Weare, Clr. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



In Council Mar. 29 th 1770. • 

Read & concur'd 

Geo. King, D. Secry 
Province of \In the House of Representatives Jany I st 1771. The 
New Hampshrj within Petition being Considered and appearing 
Reasonable 
Voted, That the Petitioners have liberty to Bring in a Bill for the 
purpose mentioned in the Petition 

M. Weare, Clr. 

The Deposition of John M^Calley of Lawful Eage testifyeth and 
sayes, that to his certain Knowledge that the Road through the Society 
Land so called leading to Hillsborough was cut out at the Cost of the 
Inhabitants of said Hillsborough. 

John IVrCalley. 

June the iS tb 1770. 



Province of 1 June the iS rh 1770. Then the above named John- 
New Hampshire / M Calley Personally appeared and after Due Caution 
and careful Examination made a solemn oath to the 
truth of the above Deposition by him signed to be used at the General 
Court of the Provence aforesaid in behalf of the Petition that the In- 
habitants of Hillsborough has prefered to said General Cort, Praying 
that the Road through the Society land may be made Good at the cost 
of the owners of said land. 

Before, William Clark, Jus. Peace. 

The Deposition of John Gibson of Lawful Eage testifyeth and says 
that he helped to clear out the Road through the Society land so called 
that leads to Hillsborough and that it was done at the cost of the In- 
habitants of said Hillsborough (1). 

John Gibson. 

June the iS ,h 1770. 



Province of ) June' the i8 ta 1770, then the above named John 
New Hampshire \ Gibson Personalley appeared and after Due caution 
and carefull Examination made solemn oath to truth 
of the above Deposition by him signed to be used at the General Cort 
of the Provence aforesaid in behalf of a Petition that the inhabitants 
of Hillsborough has prefered to said General Cort Praying that the 
Road through the Society land leading to Hillsborough may be made 
good at the cost of the owners of said Land. 

Before William Clark, Jus. Peace. 

(1) The above depositions were to be used in behalf of the foregoing petition for 
roads. Ed. 



Petition for an Act of Incorporation. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Captain General, 
Governor and commander in chief In and over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire, And to the Honourable his 
Majestys Council of said Province. 
The Petition of the subscribers Inhabitants of a Township 



TOWN PAPERS HILLSBOROUGH. 



381 



called Hillsborough in the Province aforesaid, Humbly 
sheweth, That we have been subjected to the payment of 
Province & County Taxes as fully as the inhabitants of towns 
in this Province, but have not enjoyed equal priviledges. We 
are humbly of opinion that, Collecting of Taxes would be 
facilitated to us, good order maintained, the culture of our land 
Encouraged, and many inconveniences removed and good pur- 
poses answered by an incorporation. Therefore we pray that 
said Township Butted and Bounded as follows viz. Begin- 
ning at the Southeast corner of a Beach Tree marked 7. from 
thence South Eighty four degrees & 30 minutes west about six 
miles by the Society Lands so called to a Beach tree marked 
7 & S, from thence north fifteen degrees West about six miles 
by comon Land so called to a Beach Tree marked 7 & 8 from 
thence North Eighty four degrees & 30 minutes East about six 
miles to a Beach tree marked 7, from thence about six miles 
by the Town of Henniker to the Bounds first mentioned may 
be erected and incorporated a Body politic infranchised with 
the same powers & Priviledges that other Towns in this Prov- 
ince have & enjoy. And your Petitioners as in Dutv bound 
will ever Pray. 

William Jones 
Benjamin Lovejoy Jr 



Jonathan Duren 
Timothy Wilkins 



Abijah Lovejoy 
John Sargent 
John Steel 
Archibald Taggart 
James Gibson 
William Taggart 
John M'Calley 
George Bemaine 
William Clark 



John Gibson 
William Pope 
William Williams 
Isaac Baldwin 
Daniel MNeall 
Joseph Clark 
Isaac Andrews 
Alexander M c Clintock 
Samuel Bradford 



Petition of fohn Hill in behalf of Hillsborough and 
Peterborough , for protection from the Indians. 
'To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt General & 
Governor in Chief in & over his Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire, To the Hon ble his Majesties Council & House 
of Representatives in General Court Assembled. 
Jn° Hill in behalf of himself & the other proprietors of a 
Township N" 7, in the line of Towns commonly called Hills- 
borough & another Township called Peterborough both in the 
Province of New Hampshire, humbly shews That your Peti- 
tioners & the other s >l proprietors have been at great Charge & 
Expence in settling & bringing forward y* s J Townships to their 
present circumstances, there being near 40 familys that would 



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now be in Each of s J Towns but are discouraged by the dan- 
ger of an Indian War, & are now ready to go on if they can 
be protected in their settlement. Wherefore your Petitioner 
in behalf of himself & the other proprietors pray in Consider- 
ation of the great Expence they have been at in these settle- 
ments and the manifest advantage that will accrue to this 
Province from them, that being Frontier Towns they may be 
Defended & protected by this Government as Your Excellency 
& Houn rs shall seem meet & vour Petitioners shall ever pray 
&c. 

John Hill. 
Indorsed, '-John Hills, Petition 1744." 



HINSDALE. 



[This town was originally pare of Northfield, Ms., from which itwas- 
separated when the boundary line was established in 1741. It was in- 
corporated by charter, Sept. 3, 1753. Ed. 1 

Petition of Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale in beJialf of Northfield. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain General, 
Governor & Commander in Chief in & over His Majestys- 
Province of New Hampshire and the Honorable His Majes- 
tys Council for said Province. 

The Humble Petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale of Northfield 
in said Province Esq r In behalf of himself & others Proprietors- 
of the Land in said Place a List of whose names is herewith 
presented, Shews, 

That they Si those under whom they claim said Land have 
possessed Si Improved the same upwards of Seventy years 
having first entered thereon under a Grant of the Government 
of the Massachusetts Bay Si have in that time Encounter'd all 
the Difficulties of the Indian Wars & Struggled with other 
hardships Incident to Frontier settlements begun in the wilder- 
ness remote from cultivated Lands : 

That they have Improv'd the same to a Considerable Degree 
by reason whereof the said place is not only of great advan- 
tage to the settlers but useful to the Government wherein it is 
situate in many Respects too obvious to need enumerating, 
whereby they have som Just pretensions to such Favours as- 
may be granted by the Government to any of his Majestys 
Good Subjects & with regard to such as have relation to this- 
settlement to be prefer'd to any others : 

That if no Legal title to the said Lands can be derived to the 









I OWN PAPERS HINSDALE. 



383 



Grantees under the Governm 1 of the Massachusetts, yet by 
virtue of such a Long Seizin in a Country 'so exposed where 
the Difficulty of Improving of Lands has been vastly beyond 
what it is near other settlements where the settlers have w r itha 
resolution & Courage scarce Parallell'd Maintain' d their Pos- 
sessions against all Discouragements & made an useful settle- 
ment now in a condition to succour the neighbouring Infant 
Plantations they seem to have a Legal Right to hold the same 
Exonerated from all other Duty, than what Loyal Subjects owe 
to their Prince & the Government under which they live For 
they have Purchased the 'Estates they claim here at a Dear 
Rate upon a just Computation at Least they Humbly Conceive 
it must be allow'd that in Equitv they ought so to Enjoy them : 

Wherefore they pray That your Excellency would be pleased 
to Incorporate the settlers upon & the Lands called Northfield 
within the Province of New Hampshire in consideration of 
the Premises with other particular Tracts laid out for farms to 
Particular persons (whose names are Distinguished in said 
List) adjacent there unto, Into a Township & Invest them with 
the Rights & Privileges which other Towns Enjoy in said 
Province if your Excellency & Honours can by any means 
grant the same But if not that you would be Pleased to grant 
the said Lands -Sz Farms to the said Claimers in Proportion & 
according to their Respective claims with such other Lands not 
claimed to such Persons as you shall Judge proper and Incor- 
porate the whole as aforesd as that will greatlv Facilitate the- 
Further Cultivation & Improvement of said Lands and your 
Petitioners in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c. 

Ebenezer Hinsdale. 

[No date.] 



Petition of Proprietors and claimers of land in JVorthfeld 
south of the Province li?ie. 

Province of ) To His Excellency Benning Wentworth 

New Hampshire ) Esq. Governour & Commander in Chief 

in & over his Majesties Province of New 

Hampshire & to the IIon :le his Majesties Council for s d 

Province : 

The Petition of the Proprietors claimers of Land lying 
within his Majesties Province aforesaid heretofore Part of the 
Propriety & Town of Northfield as the same was granted by 
the Province of the Mass' Us Bay but by the dividing Line of 
the Province now falls to the North of the said Dividing Line, 
Humbly shews that your Petitioners have long esteemed the s d 
Tract of Land their own Property but being informed by your 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Excellcy and* Honours that the same is his Majesties to be 
granted to such of his subjects as are desirous to take a grant 
upon his Majesties Terms Conditions ■& Reservations, We 
Humbly pray that we may have a grant of the same so as not 
to interfere or destroy our former survey & laying out, which 
we hope considering our long Possession & the great Charge & 
cost we have been at in defending the same will give us the 
Preference to any others of his Majesties subjects and your 
Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray 
Aug t 29 th 1753. 



Ebenezer Alexander 
Joseph Burt 
Jonathan Belding 
Samuel Hunt 
Isaac Mattoon 
N»thl Mattoon 
Azariah Wright 
ltemeuibrance Wright 
Benoni Wright 
Phineas Wright 
William Wright ' 
Willm Holton 
Willm Holton, Jr. 
Ebenezer Severance 
Benjn Rose 
Benjn Brooks 
Daniel Brooks 
Saml Merriman 
Samuel Smith 
Jonathan Jones 
Seth Field 
David Field 
Ebenr Field 
Ebenr Field, Jr 
Moses Field 
Samuel Field 
Paul Field 
Rufus Field 
Joshua Lyman 
Sarah Petty 
Alexr Norton 
Benjn Miller 
Philip Mattoon 
Israel Warner 
Ebenr Warner 
Eleazer Patterson 
Samuel Holton 
Moses Evan3 
Randel Evens 
iydia Dooliltle 
Lucius Doolittle 
Amzi Doolittle 



Zeb'dh Stebbins 
Thos Stebbin3 
Hezekiah Stratton 
Ebenezer Stratton 
Samuel Stratton 
John Stratton 
Eleazer Stratton 
Hezekiah Stratton Jr 
Nathl Dickinson's Heirs 
Moses Dickinson 
Nathl Dickinson 
Willm Orvis 
Stephen Belding 
Asahel Burts, Heirs 
Aaron Burt 
.Abraham Eigar 
Joseph Alexander 
Philip Alexander 
Saml Root 
Simeon Alexander 
John HoUon 
Bildad Andras 
Joshua Holtons, Heirs 
Joseph Pettys, Heirs 
Margaret Petty. 
Joseph Petty 
Josinh Foster 
Jonathan Morton 
Timothy Nash 
Gains Field 
Saml Ashley 
Hezh Elmer 
Jacob Elmer 
Daniel Elmer 
John Avery 
John Grundy 
Beriah Grundy 
Henry Kenney 
Pedaijah Field 
Joseph Stebbins 
Nehemiah W right. 



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TOWN PAPERS— HINSDALE. 



385 



Petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale for protection against the 

India?is. 

Hinsdale DecemV 24 th 1755 
To His Excelly Bening Wentworth Esq. Capt Gen 11 & Com- 
mander in Chief in & over his Majestys Province of New 
Hampsh r To the Honour 116 his Majestys Councill& House 
of Representatives when In Gen' 1 Court Assembled. 
The petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale of Hinsdale in the 
province of New Hampsh 1 " In behalfe of himself & others of 
said Town, Humbly. Shewe'th that the said Place is the first 
Town above the Massachusetts line on Connecticut River a 
part of which has been under Improvement for sixty or seventy 
years past ; 

That they have now made Considerable Improvements Even 
above any Town Ship In the province of New Hampsh 1 " on 
s^ River ; 

That they have been formerly Protected by the Province o£ 
the Massachusetts Bay but have Lately been much Neglected 
.as not being within their Line of Jurisdiction ; 

That of late we have been kindly cared for of your Excelly 
& Honours which Imboldens us to pray to you for yo r further 
care. 

We look upon ourselves one of the most Exposed places in 
these parts In as much as the desent from Crown Point by the 
way of Otter Creek & down west River (out of the way of 
our Forts at Lake George &c) Is as Easey by West River to 
us as by Black River to Charles town the uppermost Settle- 
ment on Connecticut River. 

It is Evident from the Numerous attacks made on this place 
at the close of the last Warr, and their Repeated strokes on us 
the last Summer that we are a people much Exposed & Stand 
in as special need of your Protection as any Place what so^ 
ever, and without it we cannot long continue here. 

I have Compieated the best fortification in these parts as 
will be allowed by any who have seen it. It appears hard to 
give it up to his Majestys Enemies, Never the less I must be 
obliged to Resign it with out your assistance In the Protection 
of it. 

We are in Constant fear of an Enemy desending upon us 
since the forces are drawn off in a great measure from Lake 
George In as much as those Forts maintain'd there stand not 
in the Way of the Enemies usuall Desent upon these frontiers. 
We therefore Intreat you will afford us a speedy & Steady 
Protection & we as in Duty bound will ever pray. 

Ebenez" Hinsdale, 

In y e name of y e rest. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



In Council Jan? 2 d 1756, 

Read & recommended & ordered to be sent Down to the Hon fc! « As- 
sembly 

Theod r Atkinson, Secry. 



Petition of Daniel Jones of Hinsdale for remission of 

taxes. 
To his Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq. Captain Gener- 
all and Governor in chief in and over his Majestys Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire and to the Honorable his Majestys 
Council and House of Representatives in Generall Court 
Assembled, June 25 th 1766. 

The petition of Daniel Jones of Hinsdale within said Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in Behalf of the Inhabitants of that 
part of Hinsdale which lieth within The province of New 
Hampshire aforesaid, Humbly shews That by his Majestys 
Order in Council of July 20 th 1764 Connecticut River is the 
Dividing Line Between the Province of New Hampshire & 
New York By which settlements Near one half of y e Poles 
and Rateable Estate within the Town of Hinsdale are taken" 
into the Province of New York. By which means the Inhab- 
itantsof that part of said Hinsdale which lieth within the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire have been obliged to pay for y year past 
towards the province tax that whole sum of money or proportion 
of the province tax that used to be Laid on the Inhabitants & 
Rateable Estate of y- Town of Hinsdale on Both sides of 
Connecticut River. Your Petitioner therefore in Behalf of 
the Inhabitants of y e town of Hinsdale within said Province 
of N. Hampshire Humbly prays your Excellency and Honors- 
woud remit to sa ; d Inhabitants that part of the Province tax 
that would have been laid on y 8 Inhabitants of Hinsdale on the 
Western side of Connecticut River had they have remained to 
y e Province of New Hampshire for y e year past & also to 
assess them for the Future in the same proportion with other 
Towns within said Province all which is humbly submitted by 

Dan 1 Jones. 
June 5 th 1766. 

Province of New Hampshire, 
In Council 4 th July 1766, 

Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon bIe house. 
T. Atkinson Jr. Secry. 



At a Legall meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Hinsdale held 
at Hinsdale on y 6 30 1 " day of October 1765, Voted, that Daniel Jones 
Esq. Messrs Thomas Taylor & Daniel Shattuck the Selectmen of said 
Town of Hinsdale or Either of them is hereby appointed and desired to~ 



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387 



prefer a petition to the Generall Court for the province of New Hamp- 
shire desireing an abatement of the province Tax for the present Year 
and for the Future as a Considerable part of said Town of Hinsdale 
that used to be Taxed for the support of the Province of New Hamp- 
shire is Now within the province of New York 



The above is a True Coppy of Record Extracted from the Records of 
the Towh of Hinsdale within the province of New Hampshire. 

Pr. Dan 1 Jones Town Clerk, for said Hinsdale. 
Decem r 9 th 1767. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



JPr&vinee rate for the town of Hinsdale, 1^64.? including 
Pollsy Heal estate <£ Personal estate. 

£The su-m totaf of each only is carried out, Ed,] 



Namtss. 


1 £. 


, S„ 


j a. 


Or- 


Thomas Holton 


' 


K> 


3 


> 3 


William OrVis 




H 


1 




Eleazer Paterson . - 




II 


10 


2 


Samuel Stratton 


1 


3 


6 


2 


Joseph Stebbins 


1 


7 


8 


2 


Jacob Elmer 




4 


7 


2 


Jonathan Hunt 


1 


4 


10 


2 


Capt. Orlando Bridgman 




13 




1 


Orland* Bridgman, jr. 




3 


9 


i 


John Biidgman 




12 


7 




Amos Tute 




14 


6 


2 


Daniel Sargeant 




8 


9 


2 


Rufus Sargeant 




8 


6 


2 


Isaac Barret 




15 


1 




Capt. Nathan Willard 


1 


2 


9 




Wd. Lois Butler 




3 


4 


2 


Moses Rice 




3 


9 


1 


Benjamin Barret 




9 


3 




Benj- Barret, jun. 




5 


5 




Oliver Barret 




5 


7 


3 


John Barret 




4 


1 




Thomas Rockwood 




3 


9 


1 


Daniel Jones, Esq r 


1 


2 




2 


Mrs. Abigail Hinsdale alias Hall 




15 


3 




Daniel Snattuck 




*9 


5 


2 


Peter Evans 


1 


9 


11 


2 


Aaron Cooper 




12 


1 


2 


Ebenezer Cooper 




6 




2 


Elijah Cooper 




6 




2 


Col. Win, Svmms 




3 


11 


2 


En. Thos. Taylor 


1 


2 


4 




Lt. John Evans 


1 


9 


3 




Hez a Elmer 




12 


10 


2 


Aaron Wright 




7 


2 


3 


Moses Belding 




12 


9 




Samuel Orvis 




3 


7 




Wm. Orvis, jun. 




3 


9 


1 


Sam' Friswell 




1 


6 




Reuben Friswell 




4 


4 


3 


Benj. Emmons 




4 


1 




Josiah Mirick 




6 


1 




Israel Rowley 




3 


7 




Joseph Prentice 




3 


7 




Zur. Evans ? 




3 


11 


2 


D r Sam 1 Mattoon 




1 






John Holton 






9 




Lt. Jon a Belding 




7 







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TOWN PAPERS — HIKSDALE. 
Province rate for Hinsdale {continued). 



389 



Names. 


£ 


s. 


d. 


Qr. 


Lt. Josh. Lyman 




I 


9 




Simeon Lyman 




I 


9 




Seth Lyman 




I 


9 




Gus. Thos. Alexander 




I 


10 


2 


Aaron Burt 




8 


.3 




Sam 1 Smith, jun 




1 


6 




Elisha Smith 




1 


3 




Reuben Smith 




1 






Joseph Stebbins 






3 




Zebadiah Stebbins 






3 




Josiah Stebbins 






3 




Ebenezer Stratton 






10 


2 


Hezekiah Stratton 




1 


3 




D r Medad Pomroy 




1 






D r Bildad Andrews 




1 


6 




David Wright 






9 




Reuben Wright 






9 






£26 









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ssessors 



This Rate of the Province Tax is to be understood in Sterling or 
Lawful money of great Brittain, made by us 

John Evans 
Wm. Or vis 
John Bridgman 

Nov r 27, 1764. 

Province of New Hamp* May 29 th 1766. 

Then Mr. Amos Tute appeared before me & made Oath that the 
within is a true coppy of an assessment made for the Province tax for 
y e year 1764, which was committed to him as constable to collect, and 
it is y* assessment by which y e Rate was collected. 

Dan 1 Jones, Jus. Pacis. 



Report of Committee, 

We find by Examining into the state of Hinsdale by Reason of part 
of said Town being Taken into the Government of New York there 
ought to be Remitted to said Hinsdale the sum of Two pounds six Shil- 
lings Lawfull money and the sum of thirteen pounds sixteen shillings 
New Tenor of their Province Tax for the year 1765, & the sum of Two 
pounds fourteen shillings Si sixpence Lawfull money & the sum of 
Eleven pounds thirteen shillings & six pence New Tenor for the year 
1766; also the sum of three pounds Fourteen shillings & three pence 
Lawful! money for the year 1767. And beg leave to Report the same 
accordingly 

^ Hs ^T° PPaR \ Committee 
Jonn Giddmge J 



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Names of Inhabitants of Hinsdale, classed according to 
location, with a?nount of tax. 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


Or- 


Thomas Holton, 




10 


3 


2 


Wm. Orvis 




14 


1 




Eleaz r Paterson 




ir 


10 


2 


Samuel Stratton 


i 


3 


6 


2 


Joseph Stebbins 


i 


7 


8 


2 


Jacob Elmer 




4 


7 


2 


Jonathan Hunt 


i 


4 


10 


2 


Capt. Orlando Bridgman 




13 




1 


Orlando Bridgman, jr 




3 


9 


1 


John Bridgman 




12 


7 




Amos Ttite 




14 


6 


2 


Daniel Sargeant 




8 


9 


2 


Rufus Sargeant 




8 


6 


2 


Samuel Orvis 




3 


7 




Wm. Orvis, jun 




3 


9 


1 


Samuel Friswell 




1 


6 




Reuben Friswell 




4 


4 


3 


Israel Rowley 




3 


7 






£9 


15 


1 








The above are those Persons that live on the west side of Connecti- 
cut River within the Town of Hinsdale 



Names of those who own land in Hinsdale on the West side 
of Connecticut River, who dwell in other Towns, for 
which they are rated. 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


Qr- 


Doct. Samuel Mattoon 
John Holton 
Lt. John Belding 
Aaron Burt 
Eben r Stratton 
Hezekiah Stratton 
Doct. Medad Pomrov 
Doct. Bildad Andrews 




1 

7 
3 

1 
1 

1 


9 

3 
10 

3 
6 


2 




£0 


16 


7 


2 



I 



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Names of those that live y* East side of Connecticut River 
in Hinsdale. 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


Q, ; 


Isaac Barret 




15 


1 




Capt. Nathan Willard 


i 


2 


9 




Wd. Lois Butler 




3 


4 


2 


Moses Rice 




3 


9 


I 


Benja. Barret 




9 


3 




Mrs. Abigail Hinsdale, alias Hall 




15 


3 




Daniel Shattuck 




19 


5 


2 


Peter Evans 


i ' 


9 


n 


2 


Aaron Cooper 




12 


1 


2 


Eben r Cooper 




6 




2 


Col. V/rn. Svmmes 




3 


11 


2 


En. Thos. Taylor 


i 




4 




Elijah Cooper 




6 




2 


Benj' 1 Barret, jun 




5 


5 




Oliver Barret 




5 


7 


3 


John Barret 




4 


1 




Thomas Rockwood 




3 


9 


i 


Daniel Jones, E*q. 


i 


2 




2 


JLt. John "Evans 


i 


9 


3 




Hesekean Elmore 




12 


10 


2 


Aaron Wright 




7 


2 


3 


Moses Belding 




12 


9 




Benj* Emmons 




4 


1 




Josiah Merrick 




6 


1 




Joseph Prentice 




3 


7 




Zur Evens 




3 


11 


2 




£14 


10 


2 





Deduct one-third of Lt. John Evans Rate & one-third of Mrs. Abi- 
gail Hall Rate for Land they own on y e West side of y e River, it being 
J4 „ xi, & add to y e West side. 






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jNEW BAiiPSI^IRE 



The following are those persons that live out of the Town p,f Hins- 
dale who own land for which they are rated. 

Names of those who own La?zd on _y e Jiast side who live iff 
other Towns. 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


%• 


Lt. Joshua Lyman 




i 


9 




Simeon Lyman 




i 


9 




Seth Lyman 




2 


9 i 




Thomas Alexander 




I , 


xo 


z 


Aaron Burt 




5 






Samuel Smith 




i 


6 




Elisha Smith 




i 


3 




Reuben Smith 




,i 






Joseph Stebbins 






3 




^ebediah Stebbins 






3 




David Wright 






9 




^Reuben Wright 






9 






£o 


*7 


IO 


& 



An Assessment of £26 Sterling the 
West side of Connecticut River, paid 
& the East side 
8 : 81-2 Loss. 



£"„ 6-m 9 m ?• 

J4»» I 3» *>? ••? 



Vote to re7nit Tax, dec. 

■New Harnps°hire } Feb ' I3 '" h I768 in the House of Representatives, 

The house having taken under Consideration the Petition of Daniel 
Jones in behalf of the Town of Hinsdale in this Province Representing- 
that part of said Town by his Majesty Late order had fallen into the 
Province of New York & thereby near half of the Polls & Rateable 
Estate of said Town were now in that Province by which the whole of 
the Province Tax fell upon that part of said Town which remained in 
this Province and praying that so much of the said Tax might be Re- 
mitted as would have been paid by the Poles & Estates so taken ofif 
from said Town and appointed a Com tee to Examine the Affair find that 
for the cause aforesaid there ought to be remitted to said Town the sum 
of two pounds six shillings Lawful! money & thirteen pounds sixteen 
shillings, New Tenor bills of Cred c of said province their Prov' Tax 
for the year 1765 the sum of two pounds fourteen shillings & six pence 
Lawfull money the sum of eleven pounds thirteen shrill' six pence New 
Tenor for the year 1766, and the sum of three pounds fourteen shills& 
three pence Lawful money for the year 1767 which having been consid- 
ered therefore, Voted, 

That the said several sums be allowed remitted & discounted with the 
said Town of Hinsdale of which the Treasurer of this Province is to take 
Due Notice & settle with the said Town accordingly which shall be al- 
lowed to him in his account with the Province. 

And further as it appears that the proportion of Rateable Estate & 
Polls so taken off from said Town is two fifths therefore it is Consid- 



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«red ^5: .ordered that , the Treasurer in issuing his future warrants Ob} 
serve the same & conform the same accordingly till a new Proportion 
shall be made. 

'M. Weare, Clr. 
in Council Eodetn Die, 
|Read,& Concurrd. 

T. Atkinson Jr, Secry. 

Assented., J. Wentwor^. 



Petition for a new County. 
J5 Dec X° His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain 
1767. ^General & Commander in Chief in and over His 

Majestys Province of New Hampshire &c. and 
to the (Honorable His Majestys Council and House 
of Representatives in General Court Assembled 
on the 1.5 '-" Day of Dec% Anno Domini 1 767 ; 
Humbly sliews Josiah Willard, Benjamin Bellows, Daniel 
Jones, Samuel Chase Agents for the Towns of Hinsdale, Win- 
chester, Richmond, Swanzey, Chesterfield, Westmoreland 
Keene, Gilsura, Monadnock N° 4, N" 5 & N° 6, Alestead, 
Walpole, Marlow, Cliariestown, New Burnet, Claremont, 
Newport, Cornish. Croydon, Plainfield, Lebanon, Hanover, 
Canaan, .& Lime that there are are about Eight Hundred Fam- 
ilies in the abovementioned, Towns between the height of 
Land and Connecticut River in said Province who continually 
are at very great Expence in sending their Deeds to the pub- 
lick Records for said Province, Prosecuti'g of suits at Com- 
mon Law, proving of wills & settling intestate estates and 
many other inconveniences your Petitioners labour under by 
reason of their being so for distant from the several Courts & 
Offices proper to settle the same. Your Petitioners therefore 
in behalf of themselves and Constituents humbly pray that the 
Western part of said Province of New Hampshire adjoining 
to Connecticut River may be erected into a distinct County 
with such Priviledges & Immunities as shall be necessary for 
the well Regulating of the same, & that from Connecticut 
River the bounds of said County may be extended East to the 
Monadnock mountains & from y° Line of the province North 
as far as the North Line of Lime or otherwise as your Excel- 
lency & Honors shall think fit, all which is Humbly submitted 
by 

Josiah Willard 
B. Bellows 
Sam 1 Chase 
Dan Jones. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition of Doct. Josiah Pomroy far permission to inoculate 

for small pox. 
To His Excellency, John Wentworth Esq. Captain Generall 

& Governour in Chief in and over his Majestys Province of 

New Hampshire and to the Honorable his Majestys Council. 

The petition of Josiah Pomroy of Hatfield in the County of 
Hampshire, Humbly shews and gives your Excellency and 
Honors to be informed that your Petitioner is about to remove 
to Hinsdale in said Province, of New Hampshire with a view 
to perform the Office of a surgeon and Physician in its sev- 
erall Branches and since Innoculation for the small pox has 
been practised with so much success &. with such advantage to 
mankind, your petitioner is desirous of pursuing that Branch 
of His Profession at Hinsdale aforesaid provided he can do it 
under the protection of your Excellency & Honors, as Hinsdale 
is a convenient place for the Purpose above mentioned and the 
Inhabitants are willing to have it pursued Your petitioner 
therefore Humbly prays that he may have Liberty granted him 
by your Excellency and Honors to erect a Hospital for the 
purpose of Innoculation under such restrictions as your Excel- 
lency & Honors in Great Wisdom shall think proper. Ail 
which is humbly submitted by your Excellency & Honors most 
Obe 1 Humble Serv 

Josiah Pomroy. 

[No date.] 



HOLDERNESS. 

[Holderness was first granted by charter, Oct. ro, 1751, to John Shep- 

■ard and others. Ed.1 

J * 

Petition of Samuel Liver more for two rights of Land. 
To His Excellency John Wentwortli Esquire Captain Gen- 
eral, Governour and Commander in Chief in and over his 
Majestys Province of New Hampshire &c. 
The petition of Samuel Livermore of Portsmouth in the 
Province aforesaid Esq r Humbly sheweth, That in and by His 
Majestys Grant or Charter of New Holderness in said Prov- 
ince, There was given and Granted unto William Camrnell 
and William Garrow each of them a Right or share in said 
Town under Certain Conditions in said Charter Mentioned, 
which Conditions the said Cammeli and Garrow Have Totally 



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395 



Neglected to fulfill, Whereby They have Forfeited their said 
Rights or shares and his Majesty is become Resiezed thereof 

Your Petitioner Therefore prays your Excellency would 
grant your Petitioner the said Two Rights or shares of Land 
under such Conditions & Quit Rents to His Majesty as your 
Excellency shall think fit. 

And your Petitioner as he is in Duty bound shall Ever Pray 
&